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Posted in: Tour brings foreigners to areas devastated by nuclear accident See in context

Since the tour's launch in February last year, some 200 people from 23 countries have participated, according to the company.

Some of them organized and sponsored tours along with video and photo crew so that later on they can show that area is look safe.

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Posted in: Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation? See in context

"To me, it's very clearly economic exploitation," Joel Maxcy, the president of the International Association of Sports Economists and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia

It is exploitation with fancy image, to cover over budget that already happens.

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Posted in: Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings report since Ghosn's arrest See in context

The firm blamed growing costs of raw materials and emerging economy foreign exchange declines for its bottom-line profit dropping by 45.2 percent

Toyota slashed its full-year net profit forecast after saying its nine-month figure had tumbled nearly 30 percent

Honda logged a net-profit fall of 34.5 percent for the nine months to December but revised up its full-year forecasts thanks to strong motorcycle sales. 

So other car manufacturers suffer profit decline but Nissan the one that got the highest profit decline. So Saikawa's move by ousting Ghosn just didn't help profit decline right.

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy driving car crashes into police car after chase See in context

Police said a man called 110 at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and said his son was missing and that his car and car keys were gone.

At least their parent already found him, now they need to pay for all the damage.

The police then overtook the car and blocked its path, causing it to crash into them.

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Posted in: Japan protests over S Korean lawmaker's remarks on emperor See in context

South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang said in an interview with Bloomberg last week Japanese Emperor Akihito, "as the son of the main culprit of war crimes", should apologize to women forced to work in Japan's military brothels before he steps down at the end of April..

Even one of most powerful person during occupation, General MacArthur never said anything in public about emperor but time changes I guess.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

If you move to another country for better employment opportunities and a better life, than you should be the one responsible to learn the local language and culture Not the other way around. 

When I lived in Germany and Italy, I had to learn the language while working there, I didn't expect the local people to speak Japanese or to know about Japanese culture. Its stupid to think that way.

Just don’t imagine those trainee/blue collar foreign labor work similar to 9 to 5 white collar work. They work can be really intense, at least twelve hours a day are common among them. Beside that need to face extreme winter and summer outdoor environment. Even some of them even working in weekend. 

So if they back to their dorm or apartment to get enough rest and give little time language learning so they are able to work without having any fatigue in the following day is make sense.

Language requirement usually can be minimum since in workplace they will use similar vocab overtime.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

 foreigners could be more hard-working and loyal if U treat them like humans. No living human-beings are above any other human-beings.

That's true just treat foreign worker as their Japanese counter part, since so far they are not getting same treatment with harsh working condition.

Accident-related deaths of foreign trainees double rate of Japanese

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201812050041.html 

The government concluded Friday that four companies had used foreign trainees to perform work cleaning up radioactive contamination after the March 2011 tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/19/national/four-japan-firms-used-foreign-trainees-clean-fukushima-plant-nuclear-meltdowns-final-report/

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

But the survey, covering all of Japan's more than 1,700 municipalities, also found 47 percent of them are in favor of having more workers from abroad, as many companies continue to struggle with insufficient workforces amid the country's aging population and falling birthrate.

47 percent is in favor but what about 53 percent that are not in favor? 

So they are facing declining work force population due to failing birth rate and aging population. Which mean less taxes for local government. What are their proposed solution? 

At least central goverment propose some measure so those area can still have work force for their local economic. While local government can earn some income from foreign worker through resident tax and tax from companies where those foreign worker work at.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

Some of the municipalities that are not so positive about accepting more workers from other countries said they think higher priority should be given to efforts to secure jobs for elderly Japanese people and women.

These municipalities just have no idea what kind of job those foreign workers need to face. Most of them involving lot of outdoor activities, that's including extreme days during winter and summer. Some of them need lift heavy object during work. Even if those elderly manage to do it, they can not do as fast as those young foreign workers. Beside that risk of those elderly will get injury can be high, due the nature of the work.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

Japan is not an English country majority of the Japanese people cannot speak or understand English. And accepting people who can only speak their own language plus English is really hard for the Japanese to understand.

Well too bad, English not only becoming global second language but also become national language in lot of countries. But Japanese, if you lucky you might find Japanese language speaker community outside Japan like nikkeijin communities .

Beside that some of foreigners picked up Japanese language through their university life but that's not the kind of blue collar worker individual that Japanese try to find to fill labor shortage.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

Kanagawa, one of the prefectures with a long history of foreigners living within its boundaries, tried with a foreign residents committee, consisting of 24 foreigners representing the local mix, who attended monthly meetings in Japanese (their common language) with prefectural officers, to discuss ways to improve life for foreigners in Japan. However, from 2 years experience on that committee, the designated time period, it was more of a forum to discuss things and placate foreign residents, as few actual improvements happened. The prefectural staff decided the themes, not the foreigners, and these were repeated every two years with successive committees; rather than listening to what the foreigners wanted and acting on them. It was a real learning experience.

They had cupboards full of materials, printed and undistributed; as the officer who helped develop them had been transferred, and the replacement had no interest.

It reminded me of the Japan-Filipino Committee that was formed to help Filipinos in Japan; it consisted of only Japanese members, not one Filipino member!

If Kanagawa, one of prefecture that has resource and foreigners couldn’t make it, I'm not sure whether if other prefecture can make it. 

The prefectural staff decided the themes, not the foreigners, and these were repeated every two years with successive committees; rather than listening to what the foreigners wanted and acting on them. It was a real learning experience; as the officer who helped develop them had been transferred, and the replacement had no interest.

Usually it will become nice anual report with little things being implemented. Wait several years similar things happens again.

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context

"Renault has gathered sufficient evidence to understand and regret the methods used by Nissan and its lawyers to seek interviews with Renault employees through the Japanese public prosecutor's office," they said.

Main goal for Nissan is to remove Ghosn and accept no chairman from Renault in the future.

Nissan Motor Co. is unwilling to support an arrangement with its alliance partner Renault SA that would place the same person in the chairman’s role at both companies, 

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/07/business/corporate-business/ghosn-nissan-no-longer-willing-share-chairman-partner-renault-says-source/

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Posted in: Renault probes gift from Versailles chateau linked to Ghosn's wedding See in context

After Ghosn, Nissan no longer willing to share a chairman with partner Renault, says source

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/07/business/corporate-business/ghosn-nissan-no-longer-willing-share-chairman-partner-renault-says-source/

The reason is becoming more obvious, ousted Ghosn and not sharing a chairman with Renault

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Posted in: 2 Lawson franchise stores found to have falsified food expiration times See in context

2 Lawson franchise stores found to have falsified food expiration times

Each franchise they have their own way in doing things.

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Posted in: Japan too soft on sex offenders, vast majority of survey respondents say See in context

acts that would get someone given a medal in any other country can get you in trouble very easily here.

Actually they give Letter of thanks (感謝状 ) to certain people but why in some case they treat good samaritan as criminal while other good samaritan can get Letter of thanks, that’s still a question.

Sometimes is not necessary because trying to intervene a crime like disillusioned. Just simply reporting a crime or only helping someone to fill a report can make someone being check.

Like dirk-t

Once I saw a man laying on the sidewalk near Mister Donut being beaten in the head by another man with his own shoe. I walked over to a Koban in sight and pointed it out to an officer. The policeman took one look at the pair of them and the expression on his face said, "I can't be bothered with these two losers" and he began walking back to his post but not before he asked me for my ID and what I was doing there.

or smithinjapan. 

I have seen this, first hand, and have also seen the fallout of it on victims. My friend was sexually assaulted and when we went to police, which I had to convince her to do, I was asked to leave after they checked my foreign registration card and even my bicycle

They beg people who have any information for unsolved cases since they have plenty unsolved cases but seeing they handle people who report no wonder no one step forward. 

第二百十三条 現行犯人は、何人でも、逮捕状なくしてこれを逮捕することができる。 

 Article 213 Any person may arrest a flagrant offender without an arrest warrant.

Even in this law in favor for good samaritan but in actual situation good samaritan can be investigated for ''暴行'' (assault). So this not come easily unless accompanied by a lawyer. 

During my work (interpreting at police stations, immigration, bar associations) I have witnessed no less than 5 of these cases the good samaritan gets in trouble, mostly people with little to no experience in Japan mistaking this place for the average compassionate, sc**w the criminals euro-american society.

@finally-rich what kind of cases that good samaritan was involved but things just not end up in good way for theM?

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Posted in: Japan too soft on sex offenders, vast majority of survey respondents say See in context

“Do you think that Japan is too forgiving of sex offenders?” The vast majority, 86.5 percent, answered “Yes.

Agree on this but only after 23 days detention and forced confession is gone. Before that it’s easy to make someone innocent confess on crime they didn’t commit.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela an option; Russia objects See in context

Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela an option

Just don’t forget those refugee flux afterward.

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Posted in: Japan's labor shortage hits 45-year high See in context

According to labour ministry data released on Friday, the ratio was even higher in December, at 163 jobs available for every 100 people looking for work.

Still wages are not increasing, so don't expect those position will get filled anytime soon.

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Posted in: Gov't data show exodus to Tokyo from other parts of Japan continues See in context

The number of people moving into the Tokyo metropolitan region in 2018 exceeded the number moving out by nearly 140,000, a government report showed Thursday, despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to reverse the trend by 2020 to revive rural areas.

That plan just doesn't work .

If the provincial cities and towns did a better job of making themselves appealing, this wouldn't be happening. 

Entrepreneurship spirit from local government? I just wouldn't expect that.

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Posted in: Overcompetition, demographics hitting beauty parlor trade hard See in context

According to a survey conducted over the first 11 months of 2018 by Tokyo Shoko Research, 86 beauty parlors filed for bankruptcy last year, the highest figure over the previous decade.

Being beauticians can be really attractive to plenty of clueless young people, after high school these people usually will join beauty colleges to work in beauty parlor. Too bad they just have no clue about the reality of this industry will face.

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Posted in: Ghosn: Bail refusal would not be normal in any other democracy See in context

Guilty until proven innocence, 23 days of detention without any charge, no contact with outside world even with your lawyer/family and forced confession.

He has every right to ask about Japan state of democracy.

 Due Process of Law

What Rights do Citizens Have in the Criminal Justice System?

In a democracy, anyone accused of a crime has the right to a fair, speedy, and public trial.

 Just because someone is accused of a crime does not mean that he loses his rights.  Anyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  A person’s guilt must be proved in a court of law, through a fair, speedy, and public trial.  In a democracy, a person accused of a crime has the right to know the charges against him, to remain silent, to have legal representation, to participate in his defense, and to question witnesses for the prosecution.  No person who is acquitted of a crime may be tried again on that charge.  No one—under any circumstance—may ever be subjected to torture, or to cruel and inhuman treatment.  No one may be imprisoned or have their property seized without legal justification.

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Posted in: Gov't to bolster steps to help foreigners in event of massive Tokyo quake See in context

The transport ministry plans to strengthen measures to help foreign visitors in the event of a massive earthquake in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Since majority of visitors of Olympic are foreigners this is is something they should do as a host nation.

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Posted in: Radiation leaks at Ibaraki plutonium lab; no workers exposed See in context

JAEA has been reprimanded repeatedly by Japanese nuclear authorities for its poor safety record in recent years. A bag of plutonium broke during an inspection at another facility operated by the agency in 2017, contaminating five workers. 

So where are people who insist to restart plant over Japan again?

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Posted in: U.S. agrees to let commercial flights use airspace controlled by its forces in Japan See in context

The United States has agreed to let commercial flights use airspace controlled by its forces in Japan, meaning the capacity of one of Tokyo's main airports 

They should do that, since it's airspace above Japanese territory right, as simple as that.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

 Ghosn said he had discussed a "plan to integrate" Nissan with Renault and their smaller alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp. with Nissan's CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, in September.

Ghosn said the plan to Hirakawa in September, he got arrested in November. That's a quick move.

If it wasn't not about integration plan, we'll see how Saikawa handle Ghosn replacement when he try to bring again integration plan.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

A Foreign National staying in Japan must carry their Passport with them at all times (for a Foreign National listed in one of the following items, the document specified in the respective item); provided, however, that this does not apply if the Foreign National carries the residence card as provided for in the following paragraph: .

Yes it is written there it’s in the law but please read again it doesn’t mentioned who authorize to check, under what circumstance. So any Japanese can do it? That’s why you should check debito.org in addition from that official website.  From debito.org you also can get explanation, why there are cases when foreigners refused to show it but still they can go freely without any penalty. 

As for the passport copying? They are obligated to do so, as well as your residency card. A residency card doesn't necessarily mean a valid passport. That is something they have to check as per the Immigration Act of Japan.

Passport no they don’t, again it’s depend on circumstance but in ordinary incident report, they only can ask for a valid ID, any ID just fine, same thing apply to Japanese.

Like I said, I live with a police officer as my roommate. I also have about 8 police officer friends. They are all great people and don't treat foreigners any different. 

That’s pretty bias as you can see some comments in here say the opposite thing about their encounter experience. Also it doesn’t mean that you know the actual law, you only know their partial of their experience. There of law enforcement practice in Japan that not in accordance even with Japanese law. Why they can keep doing it because only few people really know it and challenge it, as you can check debito.org 

The girls came back very quickly with the station staff and I was sure he had not deleted the video. We both went to the station office and awaited the police. The cops came about 15 minutes later and put us in separate rooms. They asked me what happened and walked out. I could here them interrogating the creep in the next room. He was screaming like a little girl again and claiming his innocence. He also made a lot of anti-foreigner comments and stated that I had punched him, which was total BS. After about 20 minutes they let him go. To my knowledge, they didn't even look at his phone. Then, they came back to me. They checked my ID, called the school I was working for, called my wife and requested a copy of my passport, even though they had my gaijin card. They detained me for two hours at the train station. Then at the end of it one of the cops came up to me and said to me in English, "Stay out of Japan business." Please tell me how that is not treating foreigners different to Japanese.

I only can imagine when the situation was opposite what if a foreigner did that thing to poor girl, they just wouldn’t let that foreigner go away.

I could write of a few more similar tales but I will leave you with my first encounter with the Japanese police: once I saw a man laying on the sidewalk near Mister Donut being beaten in the head by another man with his own shoe. I walked over to a Koban in sight and pointed it out to an officer. The policeman took one look at the pair of them and the expression on his face said, "I can't be bothered with these two losers" and he began walking back to his post but not before he asked me for my ID and what I was doing there.

Heard that similar things like that before, when a foreigner becoming victim or try to report something but what happened is they were treated like criminal instead.

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Posted in: Japan to survey 200 mil gadgets for cyber security See in context

The researchers will survey gadgets with the consent of internet service providers

How about the actual owners of that gadget? They just skip that?

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Posted in: Local governments worry over new foreign worker policy; ask for help See in context

The Council of Municipalities with Large Migrant Populations compiled a statement stating Japan as a society must work on a variety of issues that may accompany the expected influx of foreigners.

All these time they worry about population decline, no municipalities or village can exist without any residents. Now they will get new residents with productive age, now they worry about how give them assistance?

Some of foreign workers that stay here already paid their residence tax right?

Those newcomer will also their share of residence tax when they arrive. All municipalities and village have data of how many foreigners that live in that area, all they need to do just to adjust their service for those foreigners.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

The Japanese police can and do have every right to ask for your passport according to Japanese law. Its illegal to travel in Japan without a passport being on your person. That means, every time you leave your hostel, you have to legally bring it with you. OR if you are a long term residence, a residency card. Failure to do so can lead to a big fine or jail time ( though it rarely does). Better to be informed before saying any nonsense like this.

Not really you, should check that actual law or check debito.org .

But for this case since that bar report property damage to the police, police will check reported individual ID and they'll check ID even if he were Japanese in case responsible for property damage.

he’d have to pay for a lamp he’d broken, which was worth 100,000 yen.

At one point the police officer grabbed his arm and it snapped back and hit the officer in his chin.”

100,000 yen since bar will use professional service to fix it, that number is quite reasonable. If he paid that and ask for forgiveness to bar owner avoid getting any fight he wouldn't be in jail now.

Adame was having beers with friends when "the alcohol and in combination of him traveling" made him fall asleep

It more than just three beers.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

They even forced people to do sterilization in the past and it finally stopped in 1996. So invasive Law before and still exist today in another form.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/update1-2-more-sue-state-over-forced-sterilization-under-eugenics-law

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