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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

administration is readying legislation to punish those refusing to comply with government-mandated COVID-19 measures

That's a plan that not yet being implemented yet. For foreigners the rule is exist and is being implemented already. That's including from naming and deporting if foreigners found breaking quarantine protocols. While for Japanese rule are more easy so far.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/01/588c26cd3f00-breaking-news-japan-to-revoke-foreigners-resident-status-if-dont-quarantine.html

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Posted in: Though the percentage of individuals who are granted bail has increased, Japan still detains suspects for significantly longer than other countries in white-collar and other crimes. Using GPS as a way to encourage more releases would be a good idea. See in context

A year after former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's escape from house arrest in Japan, Tokyo continues to grapple with the question of how to keep defendants from jumping bail

Do they guilty in the first place? Do they just still waiting for trail because confession they don't want to make?

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/22/national/crime-legal/false-conviction-japan-justice-system/

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

"He (Ghosn) didn't want to be fired. If he paid himself what he wanted and that was disclosed, the French state would have felt obliged to fire him,"

There always more that one story for any event. Bloomberg reveal another story, that shows conflict of interest that lead to that coup.

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-ghosn-nada-nissan/

Ravinder Passi, was former legal counsel got demoted since he asked conflict of interest of people who planned downfall for Carlos Ghosn. What happened to him, his house also being confiscated after that.

Beside that, wavestone French IT security company was hired to break into Ghosn mail, in early 2018.

When wavestone was operated in their internal network is being done without knowledge of internal company IT manager, so what they did nobody knows since no internal IT staff can really monitor what they actually do.

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

the trial of former Nissan executive Greg Kelly who is charged with helping Ghosn hide 9.3 billion yen ($89 million) in compensation over eight years through deferred payments

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/08/ghosn-regrets-not-accepting-us-offer-to-lead-gm-for-double-his-salary.html

Ghosn was valued double in U.S. than in Japan, man like him that can bring back Nissan into business that amount is normal to get.

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Posted in: Good reception See in context

at an exhibition center in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Exhibition? Where is the emergency?

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Posted in: Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system See in context

avoiding drinking and dining in groups until mid-December

Suggesting people to avoid drinking and dining while giving out GoToEat coupons?

Unlike an earlier seven-week emergency Japan had in April and May last year, schools, gyms, theaters and shops will stay open.

Half emergency, in April and May cases even not high as today but they provide measures that still better than current one.

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Posted in: Head of medical body says nationwide state of emergency an option See in context

The head of an association of Japanese physicians said Wednesday the government should consider a nationwide state of emergency as a future "option" to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the strain on the medical system, as the country's cumulative confirmed infections topped 300,000 the same day.

Emergency nationwide to curb virus probably an option but GoToTravel and GoToEat that has nothing to do to curb infection was running all over Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

In addition, foreign residents who breach the 14-day quarantine rule will have their resident status revoked and be subject to deportation, Nishimura said at a separate press conference.

But lawmakers within his Liberal Democratic Party had pushed for the exemption to be suspended, arguing it was contradictory to ask Japanese people to stay home under the state of emergency while allowing nonresident foreign nationals into the country.

Punishment for foreigners can reach it's max including deportation but for Japanese, they just free to do whatever they like.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/man-who-hid-coronavirus-infection-nabbed-over-hot-spring-spa-visit

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3075822/japanese-man-who-went-karaoke-bar-spread-coronavirus-dies

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Posted in: Police ask public not to use 110 number for non-urgent calls See in context

However, the NPA said 19.3% of calls had nothing to do with crimes or accidents.

> Examples given were people calling 110 to complain that shoppers weren’t keeping their distance at supermarket checkouts; complaints about cars with license plates from certain prefectures coming to prefectures where coronavirus cases were low at the time;

some asking where they could get a PCR test for the coronavirus;

others asking for a ride home in police cars because there were no taxis;

and inquiries about what to do for meals for children who had to stay home while schools were closed.

Of course there are also people who complain about suspicious foreigners, even those foreigners just passing in from of them or doing their live without disturbing anyone. After that complain those foreigners just being checked, for doing nothing except because lonesome make complain to emergency number.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

A program that pays 70,000 yen a month would cost the government more than 100 trillion yen annually, accounting for more than 80 percent of social security costs, such as welfare and public pension benefits, totaling about 121 trillion yen in fiscal 2018, according to the latest available government data.

Tax will increase again for this program.

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Posted in: Support for Olympics hits new low in Japan: poll See in context

Just over 80 percent of those asked by Kyodo news agency said the huge global event should be cancelled

while a survey released in December by national broadcaster NHK found that only 27 percent of respondents supported holding the Games in 2021.

Kyodo said 80%, NHK said 73% so public support already low. Organizer still doesn't get it?

while some 45 percent said the event should be postponed a second time.

Postponement have it|s own cost, some of them will use tax money, do these 45% percent responded know this?

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Posted in: Suga says a few days needed to judge whether to widen virus state of emergency See in context

will take "a few days" before judging whether to expand a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic to Osaka

How many people need to be effected by virus during "a few days" ?

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Posted in: Opposition party pushing divided LDP over separate surnames See in context

Plans to call for adopting a revision to the Civil Code, which opposition forces submitted in 2018 to introduce separate surnames, in the regular parliamentary session starting later this month.

"It became quite a debate within the party,"

Is it stil need to debate about this in 20 centuries?

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Posted in: Japan's traffic accident deaths drop to record low in 2020 See in context

Japan's traffic deaths dropped to a record low of 2,839 in 2020, falling below 3,000 for the first time since comparable data became available in 1948.

People will go travel around because of the pandemic, those who choose to travel will use GoToTravel campaign that cheaper.

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Posted in: Tick-Tock: Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark See in context

Olympics, saying it would be “proof that people have overcome the coronavirus.”

Is it really for that?

However, several government audits the last few years suggest the real number is about $25 billion.All but $6.7 billion is public money.

So where those money will go?

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Posted in: Pandemic causing uncertainty, unease for Tokyo Olympic host towns See in context

However, the town does not have a hospital that can treat coronavirus patients.

"Our health care system is fragile. Even though residents will not come into contact with athletes, there is still a possibility that officials can contract the virus," Nakamura said.

What are cost that Japan willing to take for Olympic? Costing rural area too?

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Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape

No it is injustice that really haunts Japan, if Japan keep doing injustice over decades at some point someone will fight back and show the world.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/22/national/crime-legal/false-conviction-japan-justice-system/

But wholesale reform looks unlikely, with the JFBA largely ignored by the government and carefully avoiding mention of the Ghosn case, instead urging the respect of rights protected by Japan's constitution.

In November, Ghosn scored a victory when a U.N. working group on arbitrary detention concluded his arrest and detention in Japan had been "fundamentally unfair", a view Tokyo slammed as "totally unacceptable"

So Japan just want to continue that practice for another decades without changing?

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

Making the situation worse is the fact that, though the request came from the board of education, they didn’t ask the ALT to stop wearing earrings directly — instead, they instructed the principal of the school to discuss the matter with the ALT.

BOE is wise enough not interfere for each individual preference and cultural background. In Japan so many regulations or unwritten rules just made up by workplace without any actual purpose.

https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/employees-reveal-absurd-company-regulations

Aren't there more important things to discuss than earrings?

Improving English language among Japanese students is really worth discussing.

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Posted in: NTT Docomo to lower large data usage fees under gov't pressure See in context

will lower monthly charges for its large data usage plans by up to 1,000 yen ($9.6) from April in a move that comes amid pressure from the government to cut mobile phone fees.

Low price data plan still made it to the news in Japan, after more than 10 years of the first smart phone being introduced in the world. It just shows that mobile data plans still overprice in Japan.

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Posted in: Police officer shoots knife-wielding man dead in Niigata See in context

Sounds like he didn’t give them much of a choice, still regrettable he died.

Especially these days, so many non-lethal way that can be used. For example taser and many other things that available but they just prefer not to use it.

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Posted in: Most Japanese firms say government unlikely to meet carbon neutrality goal by 2050: poll See in context

Recently Japan tried to put high target in many aspect but missed that target by significant amount.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/30/national/japan-new-labor-visas-short-of-goal/

has pledged to set up a 2 trillion yen ($19.22 billion) fund to promote the cause

Also really interested to see accountability of this fund.

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Posted in: Amnesty calls on Japan to set detention limits for foreigners See in context

the number of foreigners detained in immigration centers across Japan totaled 1,253, of whom 679, or 54 percent, had been in detention for over six months and 251, or 20 percent, had been confined for more than two years,

Even Japanese regular justice system outside immigration will held people indefinitely, at least 20 days. While suspect being charged with multiple allegations, so that suspect will stay in detention in several period of that 20 days. Like 100 days for example.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Nissan-s-Ghosn-crisis/Carlos-Ghosn-released-on-bail-after-108-days-in-Tokyo-jail

Also during waiting trial period they can put people in detention since not all people can pay for bail.

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Posted in: Japan to set up health monitoring center for inbound tourists in March See in context

If a person is suspected to be infected with the virus, the center will provide consultations, available in multiple languages and the information gathered at the center will be made available to public health centers and prefectural governments.

Consultation? How about treatment, that's the most important not only language but immedeate treatment if they got infected.

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Posted in: Study links Go To Travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms See in context

I guess there was some connections between the increase of patients and the GO-TO campaign but it is difficult to test and lock down 12 hundred million population Japan.

No need lockdown but also not to incentivize people using government money to move arround cities and prefecture that could increase infection.

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Posted in: Study links Go To Travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms See in context

Researchers in Japan found a higher incidence of COVID-19 symptoms among people who have participated in a domestic travel campaign promoted by the government, suggesting that it is contributing to a spread in the virus.

The findings will make dismal reading for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has defended the travel campaign

That's obvious the more mobility, the more infection you have. It's not about study at the end, it's about action will be taken or no.

"The subsidy program may be incentivizing those who had higher risks of COVID-19 transmission to travel, leading to larger cases of infections," according to the authors, who included researchers from the medical schools of the University of Tokyo and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Small portion of those subsidy money can be useful for PCR test, This young professor died because of covid only being found that after he died.

https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/165411

Medical center said he need a referral, while he suffering fever. This wouldn't happen if they got plenty PCR test and so medical professional wouldn't hesitate being afraid to test him, due limited PCR test kit.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister to visit 4 African countries this week See in context

Tunisia will host the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 2022, while South Africa is chair of the African Union this year.

China is already head start with massive capitals all over Africa, during that time Japan just focus on Asia, Europe and UK.

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/public-sector/china-investment-africa-infrastructure-development.html

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Posted in: Japan's 1st person freed from death row dies at 95 See in context

he coerced into a confession by a team of investigators who interrogated him for hours on end

This confession almost cause him death and others put in jail for crime they didn't commit.

In 1950, Menda was convicted in a robbery-murder case in his native Kumamoto Prefecture near Fukuoka and was given the death penalty by a district court branch.

70 years later coerced confesion still in use in Japan.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/22/national/crime-legal/false-conviction-japan-justice-system/

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Posted in: Tokyo tourism sector worried as elderly asked not to use travel scheme See in context

Tokyo tourism sector worried as elderly asked not to use travel scheme

But they don't worry about well being of those elderly? Especially elderly have more fatality rate during this pandemic. For them it just all about business and profit, that really shame.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't to ask older people not to use travel campaign amid virus spike See in context

Tokyo gov't to ask older people not to use travel campaign amid virus spike

Older people might not get infected by having less mobility but younger people have high mobility with this Go To campaign and can still infect older people else where. So infection still on going.

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Posted in: Japan to start multilingual coronavirus helpline See in context

Sure. This is a great idea! ; - ( and how fast acting as well. My bet is that this will be a success because every time I call for English assistance in Japan, the quality is always top quality and world class. ; - (

As long they willing to allocate money for this there always company that can provide this kind of service, if it's good usually it's done by third party.

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