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Posted in: Japan's biggest opposition party shuns merger with rival ahead of election See in context

Yet another party merger designed from the beginning to destroy actual opposition from having a voice in politics.

Japan is effectively a dictatorship. How many times have we seen this scenario play out with Abe in power?

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Posted in: Japan fares well in U.S. report on human trafficking See in context

lol, kabukicho, need anyone say more

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Posted in: New law states gov't responsible for teaching Japanese to foreigners See in context

you know what the funny thing is.

the government has been responsible for ensuring that the population be instructed in english for 60+ years now yet almost nobody can.

now we have this enormous influx of workers from the philippines who - wouldn't you know it - all speak english.

oh japan, if only you weren't so incompetent sometimes.

i'm not saying that english should be the default language to use for these people as obviously, it's japan so they should learn japanese, but you know, sometimes being able to communicate using the most common language on earth just makes things easier.

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Posted in: Self-Defense Force chopper makes crash landing in Tokyo; crew unharmed See in context

How so? I thought helis were designed to do this sort of thing?

helicopters can hover, but hovering with tailwinds is generally considered undesirable. hovering with tailwinds while surrounded by buildings or other obstacles is considered very dangerous.

when you have good forward airspeed in a helicopter, your rotor disc acts sort of like a giant wing, meaning you can effectively glide to safety even if the engine croaks. at the very end of the glide you're supposed to pull collective, which basically makes the rotor blades bite more into the air, giving more lift. when it's done properly it lets you land softly in a forward sliding manner. when it's done badly it looks like the photo in this article. this is called an autorotation.

my beef with them in tachikawa is that they routinely bust safety speeds and altitudes. when the helicopter crosses a certain line (going too slowly) it becomes impossible to successfully autorotate. you will end up like the chopper in the photo in a good case, or you will smash the ground and die in the worst case, but there is no chance of a happy autorotation once into this regime of flight - it's called the dead man's curve. there are certain altitude parameters which factor into this as well. the tachikawa guys can be seen flying very low on occasion and just hovering around needlessly.

hovers are a risk-reward tradeoff. they can be done, yes, but probably shouldn't be done unless there's a need to do one, and if you are doing one, it should be done with the nose into the wind whenever possible. doing otherwise is just disregarding safety protocol and eventually it will catch up with the pilots who are doing it.

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Posted in: Self-Defense Force chopper makes crash landing in Tokyo; crew unharmed See in context

This came down not far from my apartment. I always wondered when one of them was going to have a problem and bite the dust. Glad the crew is OK. What an awful autorotation though.

I do not like how low and slow some of these guys get when doing circuits around Tachikawa over built up residential areas. As this photograph clearly shows, he did not have enough speed to perform a good autorotation (Or perhaps his technique was bad). I've seen some of these guys hovering over built up areas with a tailwind, and others cruising around at 20 or 30 knots in calm winds at very low altitudes, both total no-no's in helicopters.

I've complained about Tokyo's bad air planning for years. It's not an issue of noise, in flying, speed and altitude are life. When you start puttering around at 40 knots and 500 feet like these guys do when practicing circuits in Tachikawa, eventually someone's going to have an engine failure and end up wiping out a cheaply built apartment building. They've got aircraft doing approaches over Shibuya now too to ease congestion at Haneda. It is only a matter of time before some clown forgets his IFR, or worse, can't remember how to fly without the autopilot and buries the plane into a tall building there.

JSDF and the aviation authorities in general need to implement mandatory minimum speed and altitude restrictions for flights over the city. The helicopter training area has a landing strip large enough for small aircraft, it's more than enough for them to slow from any speed the Hueys can achieve, and descend from a safer altitude before reaching the end of the strip. If they want to do dead man's curve practice they need to make sure they're doing it over the base or anywhere else where a failed attempt will hurt people on the ground.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

In other news, papakatsu, a word women are using to replace words like enkou and prostitution, has risen to a meteoric high.

Nah, more convenient to ignore that little statistic, and downvote it to oblivion.

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker apologizes for remarks on Japan emperor See in context

So this is not what they call a sincere apology.

so he'd fit right in with the japanese cabinet

perhaps these two nations have more in common than the politicians think they do.

on a more serious note i think it's quite sad that the positive relations korea and japan were building were destroyed by abe the clown. i remember how vibrant shin-okubo was becoming with korean culture and the huge boom in popularity anything korean was having around tokyo. young people from both countries were coming and going in record numbers as students. KARA was invited to be on the new years' kohaku music show.

one japanese election later and that progress and goodwill was all wiped out, all for what? KARA was removed from kohaku, korean shops closed up everywhere and people on both sides became bitter and petty.

what a waste, and the blame is squarely on the worst prime minister japan's had since tojo. they had finally started moving past the BS until his ugly mug showed up.

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

i am glad that more and more, the reality that is the police state which has engulfed Japan is becoming more prominent in the media.

police in Japan can arrest you for -anything- and the moment they do, you will disappear for weeks or months without a trace. they'll take your DNA if you look for your lost pet!

this is not a rare case - it has been happening frequently, but hasn't been well reported.

police need their powers reigned in, they have got to be hobbled. they have unlimited power now and the justice system only empowers them more with the unlimited detention periods and unsupervised interrogations.

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Posted in: Japan's detention center gives foreign media a look See in context

Does anyone else get the feeling that the cell in the photo is brand new or recently renovated? It does not look like it has ever been lived in, no usual"wear and tear".

They're putting on a dog and pony show for the media. Most detention centers in Japan keep a special cell or even an entire wing of their facilities unused precisely for the purposes of showing guests around that would otherwise see what the actual conditions are inside.

None of them look like this. They're filthy from floor to ceiling, the tatami are crawling with insects and are generally completely trashed from years and years of use without replacement.

Never trust anything the ministry of justice has released to the media - while it may look alright on the surface, you're being given the ol' Iraqi Information Minister treatment.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

I'd be more inclined to care about these remarks if Japan had not yet again voted for an LDP government.

you voted for him, you have to listen to his nonsense.

stupid games stupid prizes etc.

if you hadn't voted LDP this clown and half the rest of the cabinet would be waving you through traffic at a construction site by now.

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Posted in: Jetstar Japan to cancel 70 flights in June due to pilot shortage See in context

possibly both, airline crews (pilots) don't have holiday hours like normal people. they're required by law not to work over a certain amount of hours per month, and there is specific mandatory rest requirements and rest periods built into the law.

due to the weird nature of this year's special Golden week holidays, it's likely that they weren't able to have every pilot meet the mandatory crew rest hours and still be available to fly. so they're taking it off all at once in a group.

I wonder which flights are going to be cut. typically if an airline can cut unprofitable flights, a move like this can save them. hundreds of thousands of dollars a day. if they simply cancel a normally empty but expensive to operate run, they save all costs on the trip both ways minus some. penalties paid to the regulator and token reimbursement to specific customers.

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Posted in: Defendant in Sagamihara murder case acquitted See in context

I think the judge did his job properly, which is rare in japan

the prosecution is supposed to prove beyond any doubt that the defendant is the only one who could have committed the crime.

having those two pieces of evidence places him at or near the scene but do not prove that he was the killer.

the prosecution really dropped the ball here, but is it any surprise? they're all used to kangaroo courts where every suspect is guilty no matter what. if he had done his job properly this guy probably would have been convicted.

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Posted in: Narita airport to use facial recognition in boarding from 2020 See in context

Facial recognition at the airport - Your image is inserted into the immigration database. Japanese immigration is controlled by the Ministry of Justice, same people as the police. Now you're part of the criminal database whether or not you've ever been in trouble with the law.

It won't be long before they set up facial recognition cameras at crosswalks and other public places. Jaywalked across an empty street in the middle of the night? Prepare for a police and immigration visit at your home!

Sure to be downvoted but you will see - give it 10 years, I promise that this is coming.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka slams reporters who ask her to speak in Japanese in new Nike ad See in context

I think the more this kind of thing happens the better.

too many Japanese people believe foreigners/half people are some kind of circus attraction, not to be taken seriously. it's irritating on the surface of it, but downright infuriating when you're faced with it in serious situations with real consequences be they financial or whatever else.

if it takes a few famous athletes or actresses telling reporters and clueless Island mindset people to shut up, so be it.

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Posted in: Abe says he is outraged over stabbing rampage See in context

ban knives! (already illegal)

ban walking with knives! (already illegal)

random police checks on the sidewalks! (already happens)

metal detectors that see through your clothing in public places! (already installed in certain train stations)

sometimes you can't legislate crazy away. you can however keep people who are mentally unstable on meds or in institutions if they are dangerous to the public. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this guy was known to police or mental health institutions and had a history of dangerous interactions with the public and in particular women and children.

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Posted in: Ghosn family seeks U.N. help against 'judicial persecution' in Japan See in context

The Japanese government and especially immigration and judicial systems are famous for ignoring everything the UNHCR and OHCHR have ever said. Both agencies have put out official reports blasting Japan for its treatment of foreigners and its failure to abide by treaties and agreements regarding standards and rules of care of people being detained which the nation signed.

Japan just doesn't care and the UN has zero power.

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Posted in: Canada unveils air passenger bill of rights See in context

This Canuck says it's a step in the right direction, but just one small step. I'll bet all you commenters don't know that it costs me more to fly to Haida G'waii from Victoria than it does to cross the Pacific to Tokyo, and more than twice that to fly to Yellowknife. Worst-case scenario - Vancouver to St. John's, Newfoundland. THAT'S the disgusting reality of flying in Canada; our country is huge, its population only about 35 million, and most of us, when flying for a holiday go out of country.

That is a problem of the economic viability of the route. It's simple math really. Calculate the cost of fuel for the route in the aircraft type you're using to get there. Consider the load factor (How many passengers on the flight vs the number of seats). Airlines are usually happy to get around 80% loading. If the load factor is below 80% consistently on a 737 or A320 they'll probably use a smaller aircraft such as a Dash 8 or regional jet. The costs go up when they need to do this. The airlines need to consider the load factor in both directions. Add in basic flight costs such as aircrew costs, ATC fees, landing fees, maintenance and logistic costs (Which will definitely be higher at out of the way destinations) etc. etc. Then the cost of leasing or purchasing the aircraft itself, which has to be considered. Then also factor in that flights in general need to be more than break even simply to ensure overall profitability of the company.

It becomes obvious why a 777-300ER full of passengers from Vancouver to Toronto is more economical than a Dash 8 half full to Haida from Victoria. They're probably losing money on most flights from a city pair like Victoria to Haida, where the airplane might be less than 1/3rd full on both trips but still costs the same amount of money to the airline regardless of how many people are riding on it.

It is no small wonder that airlines go bankrupt frequently. It requires a serious talent for business to keep one profitable. On top of all of the basic problems of accounting, the airlines also need to prevent their client base from shrinking due to bad PR or a general bad reputation due to service problems of any sort including late flights or lost baggage etc. Air Canada is either lucky or unlucky with this as they're the only option available to many Canadian destinations. A private airline has the option of simply not servicing routes that don't guarantee profitability, and private airlines can choose to cancel routes for a penalty if they're proving to be money losers.

I don't envy the task airlines have, but I also don't think they've been doing the best job they can do. But I also don't think that they have a problem as severe as a company like United, which has in the last several years beaten its passengers, killed a number of dogs, etc.

These issues are some big reasons why cargo airlines are, from a business and investment perspective, so very much better than a passenger airline is.

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Posted in: Shibuya Ward wants to ban drinking on the streets and parks near Shibuya station during Halloween to prevent pranks, vandalism and other trouble. What's your view on this? See in context

The city could make an effort to create designated spaces to hold celebrations instead of trying to resist them as it has been the past few years. Resistance is futile, you're not going to stop millions of people from gathering there. The city may as well make proper arrangements to handle the crowd. Does not seem like the city has invested anything into proper planning and management of halloween other than filling the streets with as many police as possible.

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

i love japan but given its current state of complete backwardness, i can't help but laugh and munch popcorn as the entire nation implodes

japan of the 60's - progressive, rapid modernization and adoption and improving of technology

japan of the 80's - the bubble. massive culture export everywhere

japan of now - no permanent foreigners, no children, no money, no allies

i do wonder how long it will take for the implosion to complete and the new generation to restart the country properly? i suppose i'll be a senior citizen before it starts to happen.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of paying 2 high school girls for sex See in context

I have an idea! How about we use this article as a vehicle to discuss the harm underage prostitution does to young girls, and the best way to stop older men from sexualising young girls so that they won’t continue to be seen as legitimate sex partners?

According to comments you made on another article yesterday, you advocate holding underaged youth criminally responsible for their actions. But with this post, it appears you only believe so if the perpetrators are male.

So which is it?

Is your official position that you support discrimination against males by the criminal justice system?

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

There are not enough facts in the article to make a judgment either way.

However, breach of contract by either party is an issue that will need to be settled by the court.

I strongly doubt the contract was worded specifically enough to allow the company to fire him, have his visa status revoked and ultimately result in his deportation, simply due to a "lack of Japanese skill". More to the point, I find it very difficult to believe that people who are not experts on language learning would have the foresight to include specific Japanese Language Proficiency Test scores within the contract itself. The JLPT test is important in this case because it is one of only two tests accepted by the Japanese government as verification of a person's Japanese ability, the other test being meant for overseas students and not applicable outside of educational institutions.

The JLPT tests occur only twice a year and moving to higher level requires a minimum of 6 months. If his visa was revoked before this period had elapsed I find it hard to believe an impartial court will not side with him.

To complicate matters, fishermen certainly do not speak Japanese in the way that someone who holds a JLPT 5 certificate is going to understand. Aside from colloquialisms, there is also the dialect issue - being the company was in Hiroshima, there is a fair chance even someone holding a JLPT 3 certificate would not understand a good portion of what was being said by the average fisherman from Hiroshima or anywhere else near Kansai. JLPT study material and the test itself only cover hyoujungo, standard Tokyo Japanese as is used in NHK broadcasts.

Perhaps the government should think harder about exploiting cheap, unskilled labor before approving visas en masse. Once a precedent is set with this case, I think we're going to see a lot more cases like it in the near future by angry exploited workers unless both companies and the government learn to be more responsible for ensuring that the workers they're hiring are actually suitable for the job before signing contracts.

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Posted in: 13 teen boys caught peeping into girls’ hot spring bath during class trip See in context

Some of the shrill feminist comments in this article make me laugh - no wonder left wing governments around the world are being elected out of power.

There is a time and place to get very upset about things. This is not one of them.

The boys should face some punishment, a school suspension or perhaps some minor community service, but treating them as criminals for this very, very common behavior is not appropriate. There are bigger fish to fry.

Those calling for criminal justice here need to get a life and I take great comfort in knowing that you can't vote here for politicians that would validate your opinions in any meaningful way.

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Posted in: U.S. House Democrats subpoena more Trump ex-aides, including Hicks See in context

I'm no fan of trump but are they ever actually going to produce hard evidence of what it is they're trying to prove?

what use is a subpoena, witness testimony is widely known to be the least reliable form of evidence in legal cases.

if they have hard proof i'd like it to be put out there, enough of this circus from both sides.

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Posted in: 16-year-old Shino Matsuda eyes Olympic surf gold See in context

holy moly that girl is a mass of muscle. look at her back!

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Posted in: Abe's ex-adviser opposes tax hike; fears economic crisis See in context

jail for abe. bozo doesn't have a clue. nearly a decade of failure. fall on your sword abe

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Posted in: Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more U.S. beef See in context

In Japan butchers were considered burakumin so you don't find them very often these days. Which is too bad really. I would love to have a local butcher to buy quality meats from, even if they're not Japanese cuts of meat.

People have got this obsession with marbling in the meat, and that might be great for yakiniku, but an expensive cut of high fat wagyu as a steak is disgusting, it is extremely oily due to all the fat. It's fantastic in moderation and great for yakiniku but for a "traditional steak" which IMO has its birthplace in the US, a decent sized cut of red meat with moderate marbling is desirable.

I do wish that butchers had some kind of standardization. There are certain parts of the meat which have very intense flavor but are not well known in the US. You can mention the name of the cut to them but they won't know it. Same in Canada. In the UK they do.

It's rather sad to see a lot of the old traditional trades such as fishmonger and butcher etc. disappearing from western society. Sure for the average shopper they're unnecessary but restaurants certainly still need these folks to help keep the quality high. I suppose the days of markets have come and gone in the west. In Japan at least we still have fish markets but I've never seen a meat market.

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Posted in: Nissan profit nose-dives 57.3% See in context

The question here is one of cause and effect. Ghosn was initially arrested on 19 November of last year. For the fiscal year ending in March 2019, Nissan's profits were down 57.9% from the previous fiscal year (from 746.9 billion yen to 319.1 billion yen).

just look at the shikihou for nissan and you will be able to get a clearer picture as to whether this circus is what drove the performance down.

looking at the past year and a little bit, we can see that it was already on a downward trend, but since the news of ghosn's arrest, the profits dropped, as mentioned, around 60%. however, profits also dropped by about 50% in late 2017 before remaining relatively stable throughout the rest of the year.

i think it's safe to say that nissan was experiencing some difficulties but this obvious coup has trashed the reputation of the company.

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Posted in: Health insurance law revised to limit coverage to Japan residents See in context

The issue of extremely high health insurance rates occurs with people who enter their second year in Japan or after a change in employment. I have experienced this, my insurance went from being reasonable to being over a quarter of my paycheck. It took a lot of wrangling to get the city ward to back off. I forget the details of how and why it happened as it was nearly a decade ago, but I can say that it does happen to some people and the ones who don't fight back on the issue end up paying exorbitant health insurance rates.

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Posted in: Lawmaker expelled from party over remarks about possible war with Russia See in context

silly comments, that's why we have to change the constitution so we can go overseas and whoop some ass.

and get some nukes! don't forget nukes! then we can beat 'em all! if they fight back, we'll nuke 'em all! yeah!

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Posted in: Group referred to prosecutors for bed prank at Shibuya crossing See in context

What we're witnessing is the setting of a dangerous precedent by the legal system of Japan, again.

There is NO law that forbids you from carrying objects through a crossing when the signal says you're clear to walk.

What the justice system is aiming to do is further increase its ability to arrest people for doing nothing. If this group of people is convicted it will set precedent allowing police to arrest anyone walking on sidewalks or crossing the street under whatever pretenses.

Police should not be allowed to arrest people for walking on the street, whether they're carrying a bed with them or not. I really hate to see how the place has become a police state. Things weren't like this 10 years ago.

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