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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

This is just madness in 2021 and apathy of the government and public towards all father/mother victims whether foreigner or japanese is disgusting and sad.

My suggestion to foreigners, who is getting married and hopefully will be father someday, never let the mother give her surname to the children with archaic excuses, you should be decisive on giving your surname to your own children as all the other japanese fathers do, so that you can have more authority to talk in the public, governmental offices or to the school of your children.

If you let mother give her surname to the children, it will be much more easy to lose the track on their life, you'll not be able to find answers to your questions or nobody to support you in the public.

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Posted in: FY2020 earnings upgrades triple downgrades as vaccines ease caution See in context


What Japan NEEDS is a generation like those who were around university age in the late 60's and early 70's, those kids knew how to protest crap like this!

Let's stop to blame the youth generation, it's impossible to have that kind of generation in Japan, not only in the sense of protesters but also as innovators.

Japan has no story of grassroots movement in his known last 3000 years.

The generation of 60s and 70s appeared as a natural result the second world war, the country’s innovators and youth had an easier time of it, because the constraining hierarchies were broken.

Instead of blaming youth in a comfort, older generation should criticize the settled hierarchy and establishment that preventing youth to hope, innovate and breath.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 676 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,631 See in context

Yesterday night, it was on Japanese TV:

From January 8 to February 8, the share of 65+ years old in daily infection count increased from 11% to 25.65% in a weekly average.

It's inconsistent and illogical increase especially during SoE.

There isn't any better proof of selective and repressed testing since the declaration.

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Posted in: 60% of Japanese firms support Olympics this summer, poll shows See in context


Great article in the Guardian today. The handball world championships are currently ongoing with 32 teams from all over the world in a bubble of 3,000 people in Egypt. The same will happen with Euro2020 (European professional football leagues and ECL are already operating in bubbles)

The Olympics will have 11,000 athletes, so just a little scale-up needed. The only question is how many (if any) fans will be allowed to attend. TV money is what makes the event tick, spectators are just a bonus for the host city's local economy.

If you only counting athletes for Olympics, you needed to do same for handball championship.

Actually there are around 640 athletes playing in the handball championship right now in Egypt, but as you said with media, staff, team coordinators, team doctors etc, it makes 3,000.

You have average 4 to 5 extra headcount per athlete.

For Olympic expected game related headcount is 40-45.000k minimum, the level is incomparable with any other sport event going on right now.

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Posted in: Virus vaccination drill conducted in Kawasaki See in context

AntiquesavingToday  10:39 am JST


My parents in Canada still have no idea when they will get the vaccine they are in there 80s, my cousin in the USA also in his 80s no idea, same for elderly relative in France.

Even my uncle living in Florida got an appointment only for it to be cancelled 3 times because of vaccine shortage.

Many countries came out with great big plans told their population "this is how it is going to go" only to find that the reality of supply and shortages made it all unrealistic.

Look at the EU and USA both said they have ordered x amount more vaccine, up to now they haven't gotten what they first ordered.

Governments can say what they want or what they think the public wants to hear but unless the supply is available it means nothing and right now the supply isn't there.

I am sorry to hear that you have your own family-related concerns about the schedule back home.

In my life, I never like to compare myself or organizations linked to me, with people or associations worse than me, philosophically, I don't think that it's not a good inspiration to improve your life in a better way.

My dad in Nurnberg has a fixed schedule of 5th April 2021 Monday, and mom although it is not pinpoint as my father due to age difference, has a schedule to have vaccine on the second week of May.

Half of my company's staff has been already vaccinated in UAE.

Hope to see same clarity as soon as possible, for your parents in Canada, relatives in USA and France* and for us in Japan.

*France is the worst performer in EU for vaccination planning, even worse than the candidate members, Croatia and Turkey.

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Posted in: Virus vaccination drill conducted in Kawasaki See in context

The mock vaccination is a correct method but not on 28 January 2021.

13 months after the pandemic started, and 6 months after more or less vaccine storing conditions and vaccination process is clear for the world. This is too late.

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Posted in: Beijing launches mass virus tests See in context

I remember that Hiroshima was going to do 800,000 PCR tests, we decorated all our headlines last week.

What happened to that?

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 30-year high as stimulus hopes lift Wall Street See in context


Boggles the mind! People are starving and committing suicide while the market skyrockets.

Stock market and real economy were losing its all connection since 2008.

2020 March was the time that, the process gets completed.

No meaning to watch stock market to have an indication about business performances or about economy anymore.

This is not only about Japan, it is about anywhere in the world from Zimbabwe to Turkey right now.

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Posted in: South Korean court orders Japan to compensate 12 former sex slaves See in context

I sincerely believe that, this gets like a political game between governments of Japan and South Korea mutually.

Interestingly, S.Korea"s court decision saved the Japanese government with this news, during the worst period of Covid in Japan, and criticisms towards government's incapabilities.

Now again, Japanese central and right-wing public can stick on nationalist feelings, can consolidate around government and stop murmuring about governments policy & measures against covid.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,392 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,882 See in context


What do they mean by "indicating"? Are they seeing multiple infections within families? It would be good to know if this is in fact what is happening. 

This is the new line from the government. It seems to be included with every daily article.

Realized that new way of stigmata policy is blaming certain families, to ensure the public that it's not massively wide-spread.

Our new hosts and hostesses from the last spring are unfortunately families.

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Posted in: Will pandemic telework boost women's careers in Japan, S Korea? See in context

Working in a global company that considerably open for career advancements of womens and personally supporting equal, even preferable treatment to women in the corporate life.

However, practically, telework experience with our japanese women staff didn't worked out well comparing to other countries, at the end, while there were promotions of womens to the managerial positions in countries like UAE, Turkey, Romania or even in South Africa in this unusual year, (all of them are conservative countries, has problems with the positioning of women within the society) we didn't have any promotion of women staff in Japan this year opposed to last years.

Japanese women at home, was more concentrated on tasks and daily responsibilities, unreachable (no answer to the phones or mails in a timely manner), closed cameras and muted microphones on video conferences, escaping to take a role in any new initiative or project, less desire and ambition to adapt and make a difference in changing times and conditions, and finally considering telework experience as much more a holiday than a real work.

The reason is maybe Japanese society in general, didn't take any remote job seriously without physical existence, or japanese women are under severe pressure whether by their husbands/kids or even by their parents in certain circumstances. However, in the end, it was not a good experience.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,278 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,883 See in context


While this is terrible for the people concerned, it doesn't justify a SoE.

Let me give you practical and real-life example to you based on the actual situation.

1) Spring 2020

Restaurant owner friend in Osaka, closed his restaurant mostly and operated half-day during weekdays at first SoE, he received benefit from the government, his landlord was empathetic and didn't ask for a rent 1/5 month because it's SoE. Shotengai association supported each other, so he could paid minimum amount to his staff by decreasing other operational costs. Gladly, he survived.

2) End Autumn 2020 to this day

Same restaurant owner friend in Osaka, unofficially local governor asked him to close his restaurant after 8pm, as he respecting to his local city, he closed everyday although its his peak time to receive his guests. Landowner asked the rent each month fully because there is no official SoE, Shotengai association didn't help each other because there is no official SoE, he needed to open everyday to dice to try his luck and to pay salary to his staff but there weren't enough amount of customers, because they have been asked to not to eat-out unofficially, he couldn't minimize his operational costs, there was no reasonable amount of support from the government, and at the end he needed to fire one of his staff. Possibly he will not survive, if this continue until spring, or he doesn't take any loan by himself until spring.

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Posted in: Japan sees 1st jobless rate drop in 5 months amid economic recovery See in context


Are non-regular employees unemployed counted in the unofficial unemployment figures?

Unfortunately yes, which makes the unemployment figures of Japan totally unreliable.

Based on this way of collecting this data, the small Mc Donald's of your neighborhood employing more than 50 persons, possibly half of them didn't work even three hours last month.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

What a nonsense and just an appearance to wear trainers while discussing covid measures that they already placing extremely slowly.

This is not an earthquake or a typhoon that you will go outside to inspect ruins or destroyed places, as Osaka and Aichi mayors doing the same, what is the purpose of wearing trainers?

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Posted in: Japanese beauty firm under fire over CEO comments on Koreans See in context

@Ego Sum Lux Mundi

East Asians (Chinese Han, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodians, etc.) are the most ethno-centric people on Earth, and they all view their countries as virtual ethno-states that exist to serve and protect the interests of their tribe. Modern liberal Westerners have no idea just how much their "race doesn't define nationality!" mantra is rejected in this part of the world.

The problem: Confucianism

And East Asians are not even aware that motivation of their tribalism / dispute shares the same roots or source of belief system.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 678 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,995 See in context


I wonder if a chart of daily cases broken down by age is available. It seems that more and more of the percentage of cases is coming from young persons who may be resistant to severe symptoms but nonetheless spread the virus more.

I had an impression of opposite. 20s and 30s were forming more than half of the total cases for months, that was the base to blame the hostess clubs and bars.

Now, based on below info, it seems young people are in minority.

It's worrisome.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 20s (184), followed by 123 in their 30s, 107 in their 40s and 94 in their 50s.

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Posted in: Japan to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on reservation basis See in context

I am ready to bet with anyone that, below headline will be the most popular one from 2021 to 2022.

Japan to begin COVID-19 vaccinations

Unfortunately, if Takeda - Novavax collaboration (which will make Japan production base) doesn't succeed within one-two months, it will be hard to obtain the vaccines before EU or US populations during 2021.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

@BanditToday  01:53 pm JST

I am sure that the vast majority of Japan-bashers here have no experience of raising children in mixed family in Japan, let alone doing the same abroad.

On the other hand, I have done both, with two kids attending Japanese high and junior high school now, and have first-hand knowledge how minor racism is compared with similar experience in other countries.

I did and I definitely don't agree that racism in Japanese schools are minor comparing to UAE and Turkey.

Anyways, can I ask you in how many countries you raised your kids?

First-hand experiences can only make you capable to compare Japan with 1 or 2 more countries, you can't say Japan is better than other countries.

From your methodology, I can understand that you are Japanese, and this is an another pattern of racism: classical comparison of wareware nihonjin vs rest of the world.

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Posted in: Gov't considering ¥20 tril extra budget to spur virus-hit economy See in context

To do what?

Pump it to Nikkei?

Save Nissan?

Invest on Dentsu to create new unnecessary subsidiary companies or agencies?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 570 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,524 See in context


Yesterday finished with 2507 positive cases and 30 deaths countrywide.

There are European countries with 20-30k cases each day with 15, 20 deaths.

I will not make any further comment.

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Posted in: Japanese art student campaigns to eliminate body-shaming ads See in context

Accepting that the article is not clear enough to define the content of the ads subjected to Japanese art students' online petition, but I can clearly say by reading their comparisons and comments, most of the commentators (@JJ Jetplane and Bugle Boy of Company B) never saw mentioned video ads or didn't understand the content.

So, please let me explain the contents that it may help you to understand the seriousness of the situation.

Considering my child / your children are also on youtube, I'm getting pretty irritated and disturbed that these ads are existed, and you have no choice to stop/prevent them appearing.

Clue #1

A Japanese art student is taking aim at body shaming in YouTube advertisements with an online petition campaign

Clue #2

Many of the ads take the form of manga. A screenshot of one shows a girl in tears after being rejected by her former tutor because even though he found her attractive as a high school student, he doesn't anymore since she is no longer desirable. "I don't date fatties" he says.

The mentioned ads are usually lasting around 4 to 5 minutes, contains similar stories of a "victim" who has whether body hair, fat belly, bad/stiff skin and bad odor, has a terrible life no gf/bf, no enjoy in its life and even no place in the society or in office, after 1 minute of terrible borderline character description who has suicidal thoughts, one friend from the company or school, introducing the product and suddenly our hero solving all of its problems in the life, and starting to have a perfect life.

You can't publish these kind of movies in EU or US due to:

1) Discrimination (more than abt ugly vs beautiful, discrimination in a way that giving no life in the world to their so-called victim)

2) Wrong / Misleading Product Offering

3) There is no age regulation although there are suicidal thoughts and depression.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

@TigersTokyoDomeToday  11:01 am JST

Do Japanese really quarantine in a designated hotel for 14 days upon re-arrival.?? I doubt it. I heard there was no law in Japan for compulsory quarantine of Japanese in hotels.

I guess no unless you say you have no place to go, but the private transportation rule to leave airport is pretty strict. My coworker's little bro, stayed 14 days in the airport, since there were nobody to take him up with private vehicle.

I shocked one more time to family relations in JP between new generation.

As soon as I know, if you declare that you have your own residence to stay, will quarantine yourself 14 days and if you leave the airport with your private car, they losing your track and kind of you are free to do what you want.

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Posted in: Singer Hikaru Utada opens a discussion on racism on Japanese Twitter See in context


We can open businesses (very easily), work in most industries, own property outright, get the protection of the police, and walk down the street almost never being verbally abused for being a foreigner. We can get business loans, and property loans. We can even take citizenship and vote. All things that are not true in many other countries in the world.

I'm curious who are these many other countries you are referring? I meant, I had an experience to live in EU, Middle East, comparably way better towards foreigners than JP and although I've no experience I'm sure that what you have listed, is also not problem in North American countries. So, exactly which countries you are referring that we can't do above.

We can open businesses (very easily), work in most industries

Get ready to be harassed by officials for inspections & checks more than other Japanese competitors.

own property outright

Get ready to not to be able to buy any property you want, or pay more than the market price

get the protection of the police

This example is a pure joke

walk down the street almost never being verbally abused for being a foreigner.

100% correct, but nobody easily verbally harassing any human-being in this country, it's not a way of showing aggression culturally. There are other passive aggressive ways to harass.

We can get business loans, and property loans.*

I'm sure that you are aware that, you are equally or easily be able to receive loans as a foreigner. Just ask any foreigner about their credit card application stories/memories.

We can even take citizenship and vote.

There is no almost legitimate country in the world that you can't take citizenship, then vote in 2020.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes second extra budget worth over ¥100 tril: Nikkei See in context

@since1981Today  07:09 am JST

As I see and hear of small businesses closing their doors, it kind of makes me wonder exactly who is getting the money.

You can take a look at Nikkei and government-sponsored ETF purchases of last three months.

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Posted in: The language barriers, among other hurdles, are making it difficult for foreign residents in Japan to gather information on their own. See in context

What I've experienced during this pandemic, Japaneses are having more hurdle to gather information about their own country :)

There is a crucial need in this country to fact-check the news of J-media in foreign media and the news of foreign media in J-media.

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Posted in: JAL net profit falls nearly 65% See in context

Do the hustleToday  08:25 am JST

Nearly every airline in the world is in the same situation.

Actually, nearly every airline in the world, declaring losses and renewing their forecasts in a dramatically negative way.

Both ANA and JAL announced only decrease in their profits / not loss, so it's good news for them and for us.

If above is correct, they should be able to handle their operations by themselves without touching our taxes or not request money from the government.

However, it's possible that above headline and the content can be classical japanese word-play to hide the truths about the losses. I will not be surprised, if they ask help from government in a huge way.

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Posted in: Many Japanese defy appeals to stay home to curb virus See in context

Daily counts are giving false-sense of security to people, you can't call them to "stay at home" while only testing small amount of group and announcing small numbers in ratio to the test amount.

The purpose of testing, is tracing and isolating as much as possible infected patients from the public, while diminishing the circulation with your lockdown measures, and then returning back to "normal life" cautiously.

Today, we have only 46 infected patients, yesterday was same, in GW there will be less because of the hospital closures and less testing.

I'm personally confused, we had the same daily numbers at the beginning of march, and everything was normal for the government, we were having fun at the bars.

So, why government is that much alarmist now? Considering to extend SoE? People can't feel the reason by looking the graphs/stats. Do they know something different than us?

Japan didn't understand the mentality of testing and lockdown, we are doing both wrong.

There are four different approaches in the world right now:

1) Mass testing / Mass Lockdown - prioritize public health, and aim to contain the virus completely.

2) Mass testing / Partial Lockdown - containing the virus and creating limited / viable environment for the economy as much as possible

3) Mass testing / No Lockdown - containing the virus without hurting economy

4) No testing / No Lockdown - prioritizing economy, going for herd immunity.

We are the only one, having no testing / partial lockdown, no effort to contain the virus but hurting the economy? Isn't it madness? The virus will last more than the other countries in here with these half measures, and are we adding economical damage? What we are waiting, vaccine from the sky in a month?

I can only reason that we are doing to protect existed health system to not to change anything, they need to reduce the amount of patients.

However, instead of hurting the economy, and later compensating the potential results, you could spend money right away to your health system, take the control of private institute during the pandemic, take more temporary staff as Turkey or Italy, ask volunteers to help as UK and answer to the needs.

However, nothing is going on to ameloriate existed health system.

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context

I'm really curious about the age of commentators who calling Japan as having high-tech or cutting edge technology. It's possible that their definition of technology may nowhere near actual practice of high-tech and the future of world. :)

Japan had a fantastic history in analog technology, however, unfortunately, totally missed the internet age and digitalization (it's not only about culture, more about missing necessary locomotive youth that will make business environment evolve in a positive way ), and nowhere near a high-tech country for any generation Y or Z in anywhere in the world.

I've both worked in Turkey and Japan, and can call Turkey is way more capable and technologically advanced to adapt to coming decades' needs.

The latest story about Sharp's (leading tech company of Japan) online sales embarrasement, which made both its website and smart home appliances down (in the same time because of its archaic IoT architecture, is a symbol of the technology level in Japan.

News from April 22



*Update of April 27, the problem continue to occur after 5 days :)

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Posted in: Bars, restaurants suffer as Japan slows down See in context


Today April 17 9000 cases 200 deaths, (80% over 80 years old) hardly a state of emergency.

Sorry, but where did you find that 80% of the death is 80 years old?

As of today 17/4/2020, 77 of 192 death count are over 80 years old.

66 of 192 is in 60s and 70s.

9 of 192 is younger than 60.

And I don't know how in a country like Japan is possible but 40 of them is undefined.

I think we have to sustain a good morale and check about the correct stats before we establish our arguments to the misleading/incorrect figures.

This is totally misleading and I think @moderator should delete this comment.

source: https://newsdigest.jp/pages/coronavirus/

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Posted in: Japan coronavirus cases pass 5,000 as state of emergency fails to keep people home See in context

I am hearing lack of legal ground excuses a lot.

Japanese constitution gave a mission to the government in article 12 and article 25, as protector of public welfare and health. By executing and re-commenting practically these two articles, you can successfully establish any state of emergency concept that you want.

These people that presenting lack of legal ground excuses has no idea about the world and how lockdowns in Italy and Germany violated their respective constitutions based on applied perspectives. And regardless of constitution, definitely all European lockdowns right now are violating human rights that secured by HUDOC in EU. However, nobody will be pointing out this in these extreme circumstances that has effecting public health and welfare.

There is only one reason that we didn't establish an efficient lockdown in Japan, it's ECONOMY. The other excuses about japanese constitution has lacking capability etc. are cover-ups and political agenda of LDP to trigger & prepare a base support for their most-wanted constitution change.

You can use this argument in japanese and locally to your grandmother, however if you say in english, it sounds like a joke or you have no idea about the world.


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