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Posted in: Bicycle traffic violations hit record high as cycling booms amid pandemic See in context

Yet not a single person has been cited for smoking on the sidewalks. Nagoya passed an ordnance to stop smoking on sidewalks, and 10 years after the law went into effect, not a single citation was ever issued. Now in Tokyo they hire patrolmen to pick up the tens of thousands of cigarette butts thrown on sidewalks every day, but never enforce the law which was passed to prevent this pollution from occurring in the first place. Japan is a country of law and order, but laws must be equally enforced.

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Posted in: Bach gives pep talk to Tokyo Olympic organizers, Koike See in context

“The money would be best spent on dealing with this virus and the outcome and NOT in 'games' that won't help the world in any way, shape or form except padding the pockets of those in media and promotions.t”

The expected Olympic boom had added tens of thousands of jobs to Tokyo’s economy, thousands of small businesses were formed expecting the games to be a springboard. Not to mention the investments made by thousands of small businesses who were hoping the games would lead to more traffic for themselves.

When you say “The money would be best spent...” whose money are you talking about? If it is not your money, it’s none of your business. If it is tax money, where does that come from? If people are being put out of work and businesses are closing, where is the tax money to come from?

As for COVID 19 in Japan, it has sickened and killed far less than the common flu this year.

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Posted in: Nearly 36,000 Japanese firms shut down business due to COVID-19 See in context

COVID was certainly the reason. A large number of Japanese firms were barely treading water before COVID, and Japan was already in recession before the pandemic thanks to the consumption tax increase.

Many businesses had been hanging on by a thread hoping for a change in fortunes brought along by an Olympic boom. There was no boom, and even if the games go ahead as planned next summer, there will be only a fraction of the original attendance.

The construction boom Tokyo has been enjoying is certainly over. Small construction projects which were mainly space for small businesses around the city have been stopped. Places which had been cleared for the construction of these businesses are now being turned into parking lots, or have had their project signs replaced with “land for sale” signs.

Japan and the Japanese had been betting heavily on increased tourism brought about by the Olympics, and instead of an increase, tourism has stopped. Hostels around Tokyo are boarded up, the new hotels are largely vacant.

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Posted in: 8,000 jumbo jets will be required to deliver single COVID-19 vaccine doses to 7.8 billion people See in context

Funny. Sweden seems to have gotten over the virus without needing a vaccine.

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Posted in: Japan plans to release refugee status seekers from detention See in context

This is a mistake, and it will encourage more people to overstay their visas and file for refugee status.

Those who come to Japan do so for economic reasons, and those who flee their countries for work are usually those who are fugitives in their home countries, the uneducated, and the unskilled.

The vast majority of people who live in developing countries find ways to survive and raise families; those who cannot are not likely to add value to Japan or other developed countries.

What makes Japan a safe and unique country is that it is homogeneous. This homogeneity makes Japan a country with common ideals. This is why Japan is not torn up politically or socially. The lack of a large immigrant class prevents the formation of an economic underclass which often resorts to crime in order to make ends meet. It also limits racial strife, which is already a problem with Japan’s Korean and Chinese minorities.

Some say Japan is finally catching up to Europe in this matter, but who wants to “catch up” to Europe? Who wants the crime, violence, the graffiti and other ills of urban Europe? I live in Japan to avoid these things.

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Posted in: 52-year-old man arrested for trying to rob convenience store See in context

If he “lives in a facility,” he is either homeless or mentally ill.

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Posted in: Do you think China made the coronavirus and released it either deliberately or by accident or it wasn't manmade? See in context

Amazed to see top vote here being China deliberately released the virus. I wonder where you get your information from? Also how does China benefit? It doesn’t

If Trump is defeated in November, China benefits greatly.

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Posted in: Kabukicho is not what it used to be, Japan’s No. 1 nightlife district. There is nothing left of it. See in context

It will reinvent itself - or developers will reinvent it. Look at Times Square today vs what it was in the 70's and 80's. That real estate is way too valuable for it to have been a flesh pit for this long.

i guess you haven’t been to NYC or Times Square recently. They are beginning to look like they did in the 70’s. NYC is starting to resemble Chicago, with double-digit shootings on weekends. Half the stores on 5th Avenue are boarded up, and people are fleeing the city in droves. There are now more vacant apartments in the city than in any time during my lifetime.

Thank you mayor de Blasio and governor Cuomo for destroying 5 decades of social and economic progress.

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Posted in: 'Despicable': Directors defend 'Cuties' against Republican onslaught See in context

It’s not a “republican onslaught,” but general disgust over the sexualization of children. I suppose Roman Polanski is one of the signatories on the petition?

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Posted in: At U.N., Trump raps China for coronavirus as U.S. deaths top 200,000; Xi takes potshots at Trump See in context

Recently a man who died in a motorcycle accident in Florida had his cause of death listed as COVID 19, because he had tested positive for the virus. And his case is far from unique.

COVID positive people who have died from heart attacks, strokes, and complications from cancer have had their cause of death as COVID 19. Then there is the fact that doctors can list COVID 19 as the cause of death in people who have not been tested for the virus and f they “suspect” the patient had the virus. As the federal government is subsidizing the treatment of COVID patients, doctors have a monetary incentive to classify deaths as COVID 19.

According to the CDC, 93% of COVID 19 victims had 2.1 “co-morbidities,” that is, they had 2.1 other life-threatening illnesses which increased their risk of death. 6% of victims died solely from COVID 19.

More than half of US victims were in nursing homes, most of the rest were diabetics, the obese, etc.

80,000 people died of the flu in 2017, millions were sickened. Do you remember reading any news headlines about this story?

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Posted in: Nintendo's Switch faces French claim of 'planned obsolescence' See in context

How quickly do electronic devices become obsolete? How many of us are using phones which are more than 5 years old? And what exactly is a “green economy”?

France had a green economy in the 18th century, but few people today would trade places with their 18th century ancestors. There are many excesses in our modern economies, but the for the most part the economic activity they create keeps us employed, keeps roofs over our heads, and food on our tables, and we enjoy a quality of life far exceeding that of previous generations.

Instead of punishing or fining foreign companies which do not comply with France’s obtuse rules and regulations, France should simply ban the Import of their goods. France can then either produce compliant products in France, or see how their people feel when they are not able to buy products they want.

I was recently looking at country estates in France, and marveled at how cheap they were. You can buy a chateau with stables and acreage for less than a 2LDK apartment in the Minato Ward of Tokyo. But now I can see why they are so cheap.

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Posted in: People are becoming more aware of hygiene due to the spread of the coronavirus and taking measures such as sanitizing hands more often and wearing masks. See in context

Good hygiene is important, but our immune systems require exposure to bacteria and viruses to keep them strong. If we are not exposed to these things, we lose our natural immunity to them, and make ourselves more susceptible to serious illnesses when a chance exposure occurs.

European diseases wiped out countless people in the new world, who had no natural immunity to them.

We know from long experience that kids and adults who live and work on farms have a much higher resistance to common sicknesses due to their exposure to their less-than-clean environments.

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Posted in: Trump to make court pick by Saturday, before Ginsburg burial See in context

Please, everyone here knows that if the democrat party were in the same situation as Trump and his party, they wouldn’t hesitate to appoint a new justice. To argue otherwise is silly.

As for appointing a new justice before the election, what difference does it make? Even if Trump and his party lose in November, they will remain in office until January, and will certainly appoint a new justice by then.

As our first black president said in January of 2009, “Elections have consequences,” and two years later this president lost his party the most seats in modern history. Had this not happened, we wouldn’t be where we are now.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics consulting firm paid $370,000 to IOC member's son See in context

When people ask what is the secret behind the economic success of developed countries, it generally comes down to the lack ofcorruption. That isn’t to say that corruption does not exist, but it is not culturally tolerated as it is elsewhere.

In developed country something of a level playing field still exists (though it becomes more tilted with each generation), and the ability of individuals to find success leads to greater collective success.

But in Papa Massata’s country, success comes only if one can afford to pay the bribes necessary to be let onto the field.

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Posted in: Speaking positively about marijuana online leads to arrest of Japanese man and woman See in context

Good. Nearly all the crime and violence which plagues western countries is the result of drugs. On the west coast of America, most of the homeless who are plaguing the major cities are drug addicts. I am glad Japan has a zero-tolerance policy to drugs, and that it is aggressively enforced.

You can argue that marijuana is harmless, but most (all?) drug addicts began their slide into addiction with marijuana. Normally I am opposed to any laws, rules, or regulations which interfere with personal choice, but addiction destroys a person’s ability to act responsibly or make sound choices.

One of the things I most like about Japan is that I can raise my kids here and not worry about them getting into drugs.

If you are from America, you can think of several friends, relatives, or acquaintances who have messed up their lives with drugs. I don’t know anyone personally in Japan who has. And I am happy about that.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland’s Beauty and Beast Castle, largest expansion in park’s history, to open on Sept 28 See in context

We went last week, and didn’t have as good a time as we expected, despite the small crowds. There were no shows, no characters, no parades. Some of the more popular attractions were closed, and the quality of the food, which had improved over the years, is now worse than the stuff they serve at public schools in America (despite the high prices). And though the park is offering much less than it was before, they are still charging full prices for tickets and parking.

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Posted in: Number of suicides among Japanese jumps in August See in context

A large number of shops and stores closed due to the lockdown. I was surprised to see how many had closed near the west exit of Shinjuku station, a place full of small restaurants and such. Even in Minato-ku, a number of small restaurants and shops closed, and never reopened.

On other parts of the city there were many small projects under construction, mostly the same kinds of small businesses. Two of these were underway in my neighborhood, one is now a parking lot instead of the 6-floor retail and housing unit it was supposed to be, the other is simply a large hole in the ground.

A great many people had invested in projects, counting on continued growth in tourism, and a boom from the Olympics. These people cannot meet their obligations, the assistance from the government cannot replace the potential income of a business.

Many who frequent JT are aware of the severity of bankruptcy laws in Japan, but many probably are not. If you go bankrupt in Japan, you become an outcast, you lose your right to vote, and you cannot be hired as a full time worker.

If you think the suicidal figures from August were bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Posted in: Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to Democrats See in context

It won’t matter. Even if Trump and the senate cannot confirm a new justice before the election, they still have plenty of time before next January. Whoever Trump chooses will certainly become the next justice.

If Trump wins, the 9th Circuit Court is his next goal. In his first term he has lowered the liberal majority in the 9th from 11 justices to 3, and if he is re-elected, the 9th will no longer be a liberal court.

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Posted in: McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait See in context

Trump said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “Why not? I mean, they would. The Democrats would if they were in this position.

Trump is right, they absolutely would.

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Posted in: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 See in context

If you think Trump and his senate will not replace Ginsburg, you’ve been smoking too much. Ginsburg’s passing or retirement has been expected for 2 years, and a short list of replacements has long been assembled. Trump will use the “nuclear option” if necessary, which the democrats gave him when they themselves changed the rule about filibustering to prevent republicans from blocking their nominees under Obama. Trump has nothing at all to lose by appointing a replacement for Ginsburg, which has been a goal of his for the last 3 years.

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Posted in: Tire trouble See in context

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Posted in: Japan's tallest skyscraper, 'Torch Tower,' to be built in Tokyo See in context

Given the fact that many of Tokyo’s most famous buildings have been destroyed by fire, I would have chosen different name.

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Posted in: Rich nations snap up vaccine stocks in global race for jab See in context

Wonderful that drug corporations can reap billions for vaccines which don’t yet exist.

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Posted in: Kumamoto man released on parole after serving longest prison sentence on record in Japan See in context

Life sentences in Japan are reserved for premeditated murder, and of the bloodier sort. Had he been convicted of manslaughter or a lesser offense, he would have been out of jail in time to see the Beatles “Help” tour in person.

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Posted in: Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial begins See in context

So, 2 years after his arrest Kelly finally gets his day in court. Were this anywhere but Japan, Kelly’s case would have already been heard and decided.

As for Ghosn, his first day in court was tentatively set for April of 2021. And that date was only for the first charge, the other charges were to be tried consecutively, meaning Ghosn faced several years in detention even if he was acquitted on all charges.

As for Nissan, what has been the cost of throwing Ghosn under the bus? So far the cost is more than $10 billion, and the loss of some 20,000 jobs. All this because Ghosn overpaid himself by $68 million (which he was never received), and bought properties in Nissan’s name (but these are still property of Nissan).

Ghosn was combining Nissan and Renault into a single company trading under a single stock. This would have greatly streamlined operations and logistics, Nissans would have easier access to the world market, Renault would have had more access to the Japanese market.

But as Renault was (is) the majority shareholder in Nissan, and the French government is the majority shareholder of Renault, Nissan would have lost its Japanese identity, and one of the crown jewels of Japan Inc would no longer have been Japanese. To many in the company, that was unacceptable.

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Posted in: UK announces first major post-Brexit trade deal -- with Japan See in context

Is this going to be like the “free” deal with Australia? That deal where Japan got free access to the Australian market while Australian beef got its tariffs lowered to 18% over a dozen years?

I am sure Japan has a lot to celebrate about with this deal, but I doubt the UK does. Even if tariffs are lowered on the UK’s goods, don’t count on retailers in Japan to lower shelf prices. They’ll just pocket the difference like they did when the yen grew to 76 to the dollar and 100 to the euro, and the retail prices of American and European goods were the same as when the rates were 40% lower.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly says he will prove his innocence without Ghosn See in context

Ghosn fled because he was an old man. He was not expected to get his first day in court until spring of next year. The government was trying his charges consecutively, one after the other, and even if he were found innocent of all charges, he would likely have been held for the next 3 to 5 years as his cases played out. When you are as old as Ghosn, and have not-so-many years between you and the grave, spending any those years in jail or under house arrest is difficult.

in the developed world, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and all people have the right to a speedy trial. Ghosn and Kelly both wanted the process to take place as quickly as possible, the government did not.

Even in the legal jungle of America with its huge backlog of criminal and civil cases, had Ghosn and Kelly been tried there, their cases would have been decided and over already.

Having to wait 2 or more years for your first day in court is absurd. Even third world countries have more advanced legal systems.

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Posted in: No. of homeless in Japan falls to 15-year-low See in context

As of January, 4,977 people were living in such places as riverbeds or parks across the nation

Funny. There are more such people living in Tokyo alone. Ueno has thousands by itself, the old Sanya district is still full of the homeless. The city’s parks are still have lots of people living under tarps, boxes, and shelters made of old umbrellas.

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Posted in: England's World Cup run sparks domestic violence surge in UK: helpline See in context

It’s the alcohol. Fans drink while they watch the games, and alcohol can bring out the worst in people. My brother was a flaming alcoholic, and when he started drinking earlier in the day than usual, look out. Days like that were dreaded, and usually ended up with the police paying a visit.

When sober, he was the nicest guy you’d ever meet. When drunk, it would take three cops or a taser to subdue him.

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