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Posted in: Ex-justice minister, wife arrested over alleged vote buying See in context

Prosecutors seem to be concentrating the facts surrounding buying votes, I think they should investigate the source where they obtained the ¥25.5million they paid out to buy the votes!

From the ldp headquarters, it seems

The LDP headquarters offered an unusually large amount of 150 million yen to Kawai's camp during the campaign and prosecutors are examining whether cash was drawn from the fund and given to supporters during the campaign.


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Posted in: Japanese tourist imprisoned in Australia over child porn possession See in context

Is it common practice for Customs to check on travellers smartphones?

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Posted in: Koike asks Tokyo restaurants, pubs to shut by 8 p.m. See in context

I thought it was up to each prefecture the way they handled the SoE, but it looks like the government has the last word.

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Posted in: Japan deploys new Aegis destroyer See in context

Not sure if she is equipped with sea to surface missiles so probably would have a difficult time “putting the hammer down” on the DPRK or anyone.

It has Anti-ship, Anti-submarine and Anti-aircraft capabilities, besides being able to carry rail guns and laser point-defense systems under development.



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Posted in: Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year See in context

The coronavirus crisis hit home just as Abe's supporters were gearing up to try to change the rules to allow him a fourth three-year term after his current term ends next year.

Last year Abe said “Seeking a fourth term is prohibited by a party regulation. It is a matter of course to abide by the rule” after Nikai said a fourth term for Abe as head of the party was “fully possible.” Can´t help but to think about how Xi became president for life in China.

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Posted in: In U.S., diabetics turn to black market or Canada for life-saving insulin See in context

There's an interesting video about this.


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Posted in: Japanese TV networks to begin online streaming to entice younger viewers See in context

> Do the hustleToday  06:51 am JST

Public broadcaster NHK has said it will begin streaming its programs online from April.

Good old NHK jumping in first. This will mean that anybody with access to the internet will be made to pay their extortion fees. How wonderful!

There's a chance that won't happen:

"NHK has indicated it doesn't intend to collect viewer fees from people who have an internet connection but no television once the new simultaneous service is launched."


But who knows, they may change their minds later when they feel they want more money from us.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmakers to float idea of issuing digital currency See in context

How did Amari's bribery case end up? I thought I his career would be over after that.

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Posted in: Illicit trade of otters via social networking on the rise See in context

There are several otter channels in Youtube, and there's an interesting documentary about this topic.


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Posted in: Post-meal waste at Japanese sushi restaurant sparks controversy online See in context

Agung NurcahyoToday  12:39 pm JST

it’s sushi restaurant the main part of sushi is the rice, you can change the topping or even the wasabi, but what make it call sushi is the rice. If you take the rice, that’s not sushi and that restaurant not sushi restaurant.

Sushi restaurants like Hamazushi, Uobei, Sushiro, Kurasushi, (naming the ones around my place) offer different kinds of soups (misoshiru, tonjiru, ramen), fried chicken, french fries, tempura, salad, takoyaki and even burgers. So if they can offer all of that and still be a sushi restaurant, surely they can offer sushi without rice (or sashimi).

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Posted in: Still no trace of 7-year-old girl missing after one week; volunteer searcher also missing See in context

There is an app called what3words that would help emergency services find the lost rescuer. If the lost rescuer has his smartphone (with signal and gps) he can install the app and give someone the 3 words combination. Each combination of words is related to a specific point of 3 by 3 meters in the world.

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Posted in: Welcome to Shikoku, awarded 2nd place in Lonely Planet’s 'Best in Asia Pacific' See in context

The dog fighting's scene is not cool either.

I thought you were joking (at best) with dog fights in Japan. Then I found this:


With laws protecting pets, I would have never imagined dog fighting was legal here (well, legal in 42 of the 47 prefectures).

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Posted in: Amazon Japan announces locker delivery service at train stations and convenience stores See in context

Amazon could change some of it's rules to ease the burden on drivers.

For example, you can not choose a date/time if you are not a prime member, but if the first attempt of delivery fails, then you can choose a date and time for the redelivery.  Doing that from the beginning could have saved the driver from wasting time.

Another thing they could change is allowing the customer to choose a different location for subscriptions. I always ask Amazon to deliver to the nearest Yamato Transport center, so I can go when I come back from work and they don't waste time coming when I'm out.  When you are subscribed to any item, you can't choose a konbini or delivery center, so there's a chance the driver will come when I'm not at home.

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Posted in: This method is easy to understand and will not create a sense of unfairness among customers. See in context

And about the points scheme, in the same article:

"On a government program to reward points to shoppers when they pay for goods or services using cashless systems, another measure aimed at cushioning the impact of the tax hike, major convenience stores plan to show on receipts whether such points were given for customer convenience.

Instead of giving points for later use, all four major convenience store operators are mulling a system in which points gained from purchase of a product will be used to discount the item at the time of the purchase.

“This would be convenient for customers and help ensure fairness,” an official of FamilyMart Co., one of the four firms, said."

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Posted in: This method is easy to understand and will not create a sense of unfairness among customers. See in context

Several other chains will do the same


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Posted in: Tokyo’s amazing 2D Cafe looks like an illustration, but it’s an actual restaurant you can eat in See in context

I like the contrast between the furniture and the food/drink. Cool!

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Posted in: 15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan See in context

I think it depends on the line . I remember using the Joban Line where the smell of booze and dried squid was the norm.

It was on the Joban line too where an older guy sitting in front of me got off the train during one of those long stops and brought a cup of alcohol. I was surprised when he started drinking it and shocked when he spilled it all over me and the lady sitting next to me. From that day on, I move if someone next or in front of me starts drinking.

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Posted in: 46-year-old 'hikikomori' arrested for leaving mother’s dead body inside house for over a year See in context

doushitedaro12Today  04:19 pm JST

I can see the typical JT comments coming: "He did it to receive her pension".

Actually, even the writer says that.

Like most hikikomori, Hisataka was unemployed, living off his parent’s pension money. If that were to go away, he would’ve had no other way to continue his lifestyle, so in his twisted mind it wasn’t even a decision.

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Posted in: Woman sues after hospital where she works publicly reveals she transitioned gender See in context

She changed her gender status to female on her official family register in 2004.

She started working as a nursing assistant at the hospital in October 2013 and was urged by her superior to disclose her birth-assigned gender.

Is it necessary to tell your employer about a gender status change?

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Posted in: Meet Ibaraki Prefecture’s virtual YouTuber representative Hiyori Ibara See in context

voted as the least most attractive of the 47 prefectures in Japan.

I feel Saitama is less attractive than Ibaraki. Lake Kasumigaura is pretty nice on sunny days.

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Posted in: Abe reportedly considering visit to Iran in mid-June See in context


"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran as early as mid-June, NHK national television said on Friday"


"Iran said the visit was unlikely in the near future."

"Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by state media that President Hassan Rouhani had invited Abe to Tehran "a while ago, and he replied he will visit at an appropriate time.

"Some published reports are far from reality and have no credibility," Mousavi added.

Asked about the state of preparations for such a visit, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also denied the NHK report."

Looks like he's not going. Not in the near future, at least.

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Posted in: 50 children saved after police bust pedophile website: Interpol See in context

There's a good old Australian name, NOT! It doesn't say if he was an Australian citizen though. My guess is he is one the recent beneficiaries of Australia's Open Immigration policy.

Some more info on him and his sentence:


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Posted in: 2 AI robots guide visitors during test trial at Tokyo Station See in context

A friend of mine works at a Softbank shop where they have a Pepper robot and they said it's turned off pretty much all the time with an "out of order" sign hung over it, because the voice is so incredibly annoying.

They have one at my local Hamazushi (like the one on the video). Personally, I prefer the previous touch screen. It did the same things, but in a discreet way.


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Posted in: Fast-food chain Yoshinoya to sell beef bowl without rice See in context

Maybe Sukiya will follow suit and add something like this to their menu if Yoshinoya shows it's successful?

Sukiya has has something like that for quite some time. I think it's salad and tofu instead of rice


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Posted in: Gov't considers amnesty in honor of emperor's enthronement See in context

Some more information on the 1989 amnesty


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Posted in: Sadako from 'The Ring' makes it onto list of 100 Japanese People the World Respects See in context

Who do they ask to make the picks?

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Posted in: 1st exam held in Japan for foreigners seeking new work visa See in context

Canada and Australia are among the popular destinations for Filipino nurses as they can earn salaries several times higher than here.

But Japan is a country that highly qualified nurses would have little interest in primarily due to the low pay, according to Tetsuya Ishikawa, a Japanese who works for a job placement agency in Manila.


Looks like they will have to improve wages and not only visa requirements if they really want to address the workers shortage.

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Posted in: Gov't asks public to check hospital schedules before 10-day holiday See in context

Some, however, have chosen to halt all services except emergency care to allow doctors some time off.

If doctors (and all of the personnel) take holidays through the year by turns then hospitals probably wouldn't need to close...

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Posted in: Major showbiz agencies urged to address long working hours See in context

a labor standards inspection office in Tokyo recognized in January 2014 that the company had its employees, including managers of EXILE, work up to 500 hours per month.

So, they have been urged when, now? back then? Urging those companies 5 years after the problem is found is, well, "a little" late.

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Posted in: Chinese group to get control of Japan Display after $2.1 billion bailout See in context

Alex80Apr. 13  10:09 pm JST

@rkom76: It looks to me they needed to expand their clients, relying mainly on Apple was a mistake. It has nothing to do with technology.

Of course I agree. In my first post I wrote

OLED has been practical since 1987, and in the market since 2009. The new Japan Display's factory was built around 2016. They do need to start looking ahead, otherwise competitors will just leave them behind.

which has to do with this:

Previous rumors have suggested Apple was willing to pay as much as $1.7 billion for the new plant. Foxconn has also invested heavily in Apple displays by recently spending $2.6 billion on an OLED factory for Apple Watch and iPhone displays. Apple has not been officially announced as Japan Display’s partner, but sources say Apple will invest an unspecified amount in the plant to help the Japanese screen maker become it’s number one supplier.


And that's from 2015. The interesting part is that, while JD was investing in a LCD plant, Foxconn was investing in an OLED plant. Having your competitor building a new plant that will supply screens for all models of iphones, while you are building a plant that will make screens for only one model means he is looking ahead and you will be left behind.

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