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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting wife with banana peel denies it can be called domestic abuse See in context

Mass , velocity , momentum , hardness , surface roughness etc. etc. of the projectile are not defined in the law for this reason. Judje will make the decision whether it was assault or not. By the way , a banana peel thrown on one’s head can easily whip back into the eye and cause considerable damage

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Posted in: SoftBank Corp to help call center workers by 'softening' angry customer calls with AI See in context

Seems like more of attacking the direct cause than the root cause. It could make an already irritable customer, more so.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy flagship carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years See in context

Had watched a documentary about their aircraft carrier fleet. All state of the art and each better than the other. I think they have a fleet of about 10 or 11, and the next closest is China with 2. Impressive !!

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Posted in: Ex-trade ministry bureaucrat gets 10 years for raping drugged women See in context

Yea, quite the sicko. 10 years seems pretty light for doing that to all of 6 women, he’ll be back out in his 40s. Also, the title would be more apt as “for drugging and raping” because they weren’t already otherwise drugged.

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

I understand using an agency to resign , but the reason being “unable to face going back to go to work after gw” is odd.

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Posted in: Teleworking in Japan falls after COVID; hybrid working on rise See in context

varies from industry to industry. If it makes life better for companies and employees, why not. It’s one of the lessons from Covid. Trains will still be crowded but a slight bit lesser.

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Posted in: Elderly couple die after their car goes into sea at fishing port in Fukuoka See in context

Regardless of accident or intentional, barrier should have been in place. If the pier is designed to take vehicular traffic and designated as such , strong barriers are imperative. If not, and the individuals went around safety barriers it would be another matter.

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Posted in: Biden blames China, Japan and India's economic woes on 'xenophobia' See in context

He’s right, but to a limited extent and in limited contexts. In addition to numbers what also matters is the quality of immigration. Skilled professionals (or even unskilled labor) who will pay tax as well as contribute positively to local society , of course. But what’s happening at the US border is a bit scary.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

Cool biz is nice, but setting 28 is somewhat counterproductive. People invariably end up setting little table fans on their desks and end result is drawing extra current from the grid.

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Posted in: Philippines accuses China of damaging its vessel at hotly contested shoal See in context

The coast guard did not provide additional information in a statement

Exactly !! By using the term “expelled”, the narrative of sovereignty has been set. Bully behavior as usual. Repeat a lie enough number of times till it becomes accepted as normal.

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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on int'l student enrollment to tackle malpractice See in context

Ask any of the skilled professionals or any white or even blue collar workers who struggle hard with academics and then their careers to pass through the many obstacles about such fake students who get an easy pass and they go “huh ?!?” Why did we go through all this struggle in life when there’ll be people who can just cheat the system. This tightening of rules should’ve been done long ago. Even now, just tightening the rules won’t be enough , they should be implemented steadfastly and ban the offenders.

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Posted in: Japan Airlines cancels flight after captain gets drunk at U.S. hotel See in context

Many lives saved, perhaps. Not only was he stupid enough to be drinking till a few hours before his flight , he wasn’t even well rested. Lack of sleep can wreak havoc especially when you need to do physical work and need your reflexes to be top notch. Very irresponsible for what I assume a senior pilot.

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Posted in: Two cleaning workers fall to their deaths at power plant in Mie Prefecture See in context

So sad to hear. Doesn’t matter if they were subcontractors, safety in the workplace would be the plant’s responsibility. Usually the subcontractor would be required to read and sign the company’s safety policy. Investigators/regulators need to do an extraordinary audit of their procedures. Safety harnesses with fall protection (that basically fails at a predetermined tension with a predetermined speed) are usually a must when working at heights greater than 2m. Must point out here that oftentimes the workers do not attach the harness hooks to proper strongpoints making them redundant. Falling 20m points towards some serious lapses.

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Posted in: Three 18-year-old men killed after car goes off road into rice field in Tokushima Prefecture See in context

Very sad incident. Time is of the essence when doing alcohol analysis as well, and investigators would’ve probably covered this aspect. With more than one person in the car, the driver becomes responsible for that many more lives and safe driving is paramount. You’ll have near misses and serious near misses that will change your driving habits but sadly for some, the first time will be the last.

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Posted in: Japan launches new alert system as heat stroke deaths rise See in context

Good initiative. I was surprised so many died of heat. Cooling shelters will hopefully surely help those in need. All the best.

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Posted in: Japan's moon lander wasn't built to survive a weekslong lunar night; it's still going after 3 See in context

What a nice thing to hear ! Really feel good when you read news like this.

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Posted in: Japan eyes cashless tax refunds to stem illicit resale by tourists See in context

Japan is a Democratic country?

People elect their representatives in government and these elected representatives make the laws. So, yes.

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Posted in: Japan eyes cashless tax refunds to stem illicit resale by tourists See in context

But there have been a number of cases where travelers purchase massive amounts of tax-free items and resell them for profit at tax-inclusive prices before departing Japan

Electronic refund is not the ideal solution. The buyer will still get refunded anyway. It will help though, through AI to track red flags and large purchases. They should also use technology by scanning passport information at the store and feed it into a system. Do random checks at departures. Shall the goods not be found on the traveler, tax will apply.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 7 missing after 2 MSDF helicopters crash in Pacific during night training See in context

Terrible news. Praying for those not found yet.

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Posted in: Man arrested after punching condo management firm employee while holding ballpoint pen See in context

Classic case of “punch the messenger”. Good on him to have alerted the police beforehand.

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Posted in: Chinese media call Japan 'two-faced' for seeking closer ties while warning of China threat See in context

Dunno about Chinese media but my Japanese friends feel this is one issue they wish Japan stood differently on. They all love Taiwan and they feel Japan let Taiwan down in order to keep Chinese business.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl falls to her death from balcony of high-rise apartment in Hiroshima See in context

All the childproofing will not be an apt replacement for parents’ due diligence. Not to say there isn’t room for improvement always, but this could happen on the street, in a mall, anywhere. Please keep a sharp eye on your toddlers/kids. For their sake, and yours.

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Posted in: Judge orders ex-interpreter for Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment See in context

He still deserve second chance, Japanese media already labelled him with suspect

Why does he? Persons in his position handling others’ money should be a cut above the rest when it comes to ethics and compliance. He’s a thief (subject to conviction) and has been doing this long enough, second chance is not for such cases. His second chance will be the time he does , if convicted.

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. support for Philippines, Japan defense 'ironclad' amid growing China provocations See in context

Defense promises can be a strain on your economy and many American taxpayers may feel averse to such cooperation. However this is a good step for the larger purpose

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Posted in: U.S. to change Japan command posture to boost deterrence in face China: Emanuel See in context

I don’t know how much these measures have worked / will work. I only know that China’s an ill mannered bully and needs to be brought in line. I don’t say this to the nice Chinese common people , but to their leadership and Winnie the Pooh in particular

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Posted in: Saitama police officer arrested on suspicion of filming up high school girl’s skirt See in context

As a policeman, officer no less, you are held to high standard by society so it’s sad whenever these individuals slide to the other side. It negatively affects the morale of the other diligent officers. Also, it is difficult to fathom what kind of return this kind of activity brings? Is there some kind of underground competition going around? Some will say kink, but I am unable to comprehend.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing Sapporo convenience store employee to undergo psychiatric evaluation See in context

Convenience store employees have to deal with all kinds of people on a 24 hour basis and like this example shows, some extreme nutcases. Very sad incident.

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Posted in: Man arrested for posting 39 threats against Nintendo online last year See in context

If it’s real, nintendo must also be mentally unstable.

It’s a matter of risk assessment. In this case it would go beyond corporate or business risk because they’d say to themselves what if the threat would actually materialize and they’d be on the wrong side of due diligence. So the cancellation would be the most prudent option for the company.

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Posted in: Takarazuka theater admits to all harassment claims in death of actress See in context

These letters of apology should be treated as admission of guilt (partial at least, depending on the contents). Any out of court settlement should not be allowed to override the natural course of justice that would have been taken with the information available. This opportunity to make a good example against harassment/bullying should not be missed.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Tokyo See in context

He has a debt of 500 M ? !! Leave alone paying it back, I’m really curious how he got all that money ! And the idea that a toy gun would do the trick is hilarious

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