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Posted in: Toshiba's No. 2 shareholder calls for immediate resignation of chairman, 3 directors See in context

With a 7.2% stake they have as much chances of calling an EGM, or a GM and then pass a Resolution calling for the Directors to resign, as Peppa pig flying.

I say to Toshiba:

a) Ignore them;

b) Send them packing

Keep Japan Japanese.

Peeping_TomToday 07:04 pm JST is right, they should've kept it Japanese and let it go bankupt instead of saving it by letting in foreigner investors and their money... It happened with Nissan, it's happening with Toshiba and will probably happen with another J.Corp. Foreigner investors should've learnt by now how it's done here.

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Posted in: Major Japanese newspaper Asahi calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

japan must continue with olympic! it is symbol of hope for to BEATING coronavirus!

I think too the Olympics must go on, not to show a symbol of whatever they pretend it to be, but to show to the Japanese people and the whole world, once and for all, what kind of people is running Japan (and what the Olympics have turned into). Maybe it will, finally, open the eyes of many Japanese as for what are the LDP's priorities.

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Posted in: Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean See in context

Fake news!

Last year, the Department of Defense confirmed the reentry of the rocket at 1534 UTC, which is in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa.

Doesn't UTC mean "Coordinated Universal Time"? How can you locate a place with a given time? Don't you need coordinates instead?

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Posted in: Forklift driver arrested after hitting, killing pedestrian See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  05:50 pm JST

How can a 47yr old not notice a forklift laden with steel coils in broad daylight?

The clue is here:

Ikeguchi was transporting steel coils from his company’s storage yard to a plant across the street when he hit Ito who was on the sidewalk.

The most likely scenario is the woman was walking along the sidewalk, and, as is usually happens, for a vehicle to leave a building or parking lot it must go over the sidewalk. So the woman was walking there and the driver was not careful enough to stop and look before going over the sidewalk. At my workplace drivers stop briefly and hit the horn to warn people who may be about to cross.

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Posted in: Suga thanks public for coping with virus restrictions; asks for continuing cooperation See in context

FiddlersToday  07:48 am JST

Really, don't think anyone believes this.

At least my Japanese coworker in his early 20s does. "Coronavirus is almost over" he says, referring to the few number of infections we see everyday on the news, so he usually goes out with his friends on weekends. Before the pandemic we would go out and eat ramen, so he is asking me to go again. "No until we get vaccinated" I tell him.

And I don't blame him, he (as probably many more Japanese) has a blind faith in what the government says, so he thinks it's completelly under control. As for me, I stopped believing in the government after the nuclear disaster.

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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.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200618/p2g/00m/0na/071000c

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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.

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/year-2015-news/july-2015-navy-naval-forces-defense-industry-technology-maritime-security-global-news/2925-japan-defense-ministry-unveiled-details-of-q27ddq-class-railgun-a-laser-armed-aegis-destroyer.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya-class_destroyer

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CdydQNfAXE&t=42s

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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."

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191122/p2a/00m/0bu/013000c

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubcDXOo70n0

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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:

https://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/09/japanese-dogfighting-494843.html

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

https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005982094

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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

First:

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

Then:

"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:

https://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/adelaide-rapist-sentenced-to-40-years-in-prison-for-child-abuse/news-story/fa2666c308e3822d0527af8bbfb62bfe

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDiQfbN_bFA

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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

https://www.sukiya.jp/menu/in/gyudon/101200/

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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

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/09/world/japan-to-amnesty-30000-to-honor-hirohito.html

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