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Posted in: Kono backs Suga for prime minister, but still has his eye on top job See in context

Although I strongly disagree with most of Abe's policies (and his Nippon-kai handlers), on positive aspect of his long tenure was that it appeared to the world, at least on the surface that Japan had an actual leader in charge. Now I fear we're back to another period of prime minister 'musical chairs' like from 2006 to 2013 when we had a different prime minister annually for an entire cycle of G7 meetings (and photo shoots). It was terribly embarrassing.

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Posted in: Samurai Mac burgers arrive at McDonald’s Japan See in context

"Roasted Soy Sauce Style Bacon Tomato Thick Beef"

Oh direct Japanese translation, how I've missed you. lol

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Posted in: Free wagyu beef is Japanese politicians’ latest coronavirus response plan See in context

One wonders why the LDP never thought of these vouchers before to prop up its whale ‘research’ business.

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Posted in: Gov't set to revise law allowing Abe to declare state of emergency over virus See in context

Two years of a 'declared emergency' in which the LDP would have carte blanche to do what they like in the name of protecting the people. Think of all the constitutional amendments and pension fund reforms they can enact during that time.

Christmas has come early for Nippon Kaigi.

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Posted in: FY2018 wasteful tax spending in Japan 2nd lowest in decade See in context

Just just wait till the 2021 audit comes out on Tokyo Olympic spending. Fun times, all around.

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Posted in: LDP presents case for amending constitution in Diet debate See in context

Mark my words, first the Abe government and its shadow cabinet, the Nippon Kaigi will first try to change Article 9 , but one look at the LDP homepage manifesto shows they have a whole slew of revisions they want to acheive to drag the Japanese people back to to the Meiji period:

Changing Article 97 (fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for all time inviolate) to an imposed set of "duties" - change to: "The people must respect the national flag, national anthem, and this Constitution."

Eliminating a constitutional provision forbidding the appropriation of public funds - change to: "for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association."

Freedom of speech would be curtailed: - "engaging in activities with the purpose of damaging public interest or public order, or associating with others for such purposes, shall not be recognized."

Allow the prime minister's cabinet to inact law without the Diet: "The Cabinet may enact cabinet orders having the same effect as laws," and all persons must comply with the directives of national or other public institutions.")

And the list goes on...

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Thank you to Wipeout for posting a very thorough and correct post on this subject, saving me a lot of time of having to write out exactly what you wrote.

What what Wipeout wrote is absolutely correct and there's an awful lot of misinformation on this subject which is doing more harm than good.

As the as the article stated, Naomi is simply following the procedures necessary to ensure her legal status as a Japanese citizen (who also happens to be an citizen of the US). But in no way will she actually relinquishing her US citizenship nor will the Japanese government force her to do so.

Japanese natural born citizens are required under the Constitution to be treated equally and, asking one citizen to formally renounce their citizenship (in this case US citizenship) would force her to go through a lengthy and expensive process which would be patently unfair to her. She received both Japanese and US citizenship from birth but she should not be punished for that. So she's signing a paper essentially saying that while I am in Japan I will consider myself to be a Japanese citizen and give up the rights as an American citizen while in Japan. But that paper is very specific in the kanji that is used: hoki-suru (放棄する - relinquish /give up a claim to~) and not ridatsu (離脱 - breakaway/secession/separation), because the Japanese government cannot force someone to give up something that:

A: they have no jurisdiction over

B: something that they have had since birth

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Posted in: Top court upholds damages over students' tsunami deaths See in context

An Ishinomaki official said the city "has been making steady progress in safety measures against potential disasters since the 2011 tsunami"

Glad to see you're making 'steady progress' towards protecting against serious disasters. It's only been eight years after all.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

I says, pardon?

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Posted in: 8 side jobs for foreigners to make extra money in Japan See in context

"Guidelines and models for companies to help them embrace a gig-style economy were put in place earlier this year, along with the removal of a labor ministry rule banning second jobs without the employer’s permission."

:D Huzzah! Japan finally joins the world of modern, liberally-minded nations.

"Now, employees only have to inform their bosses before taking on another gig."

:( And...with one additional sentence we're back to the way things work normally here.

Very typical Japanese, quote-unquote reform. Like seriously, how many people are going to find their traditional working Japanese workplace happily say, "Sure. Thanks for informing us that you're going to take a second job. Ganbare!"

It it would have been so easy to just change the law to say you don't need to inform your employer of your second job (in any normal country that is, but then again any normal country wouldn't have such a restrictive law in the first place).

But instead, they dangle the idea of reform without actually reforming anything.

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Posted in: No. of recorded crimes to hit lowest postwar level for 5th straight year See in context

Any stats that originate with the NPA should be viewed very skeptically.

yep the 99% conviction rate says it all. only count the convictions of the people that were actually convicted, cases thrown out becuase prosecutors didnt think they could get a convictions arent counted.

meddling in statistics is rampant in Japan

Very true. And when foreign crime is reported by the NPA, the statistics include visa overstays:. a crime that is absolutely not possible for Japanese citizens to commit and the ergo not applicable when comparing crime statistics.

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Posted in: Tired Ghosn recovering, as lawyer works on defense See in context

The lawyer added that Ghosn's defense team was considering an opportunity for him to speak with the press in the near future. But the event must be designed in such a way that it would not affect the trial and not allow prosecutors to argue that Ghosn was using the media to send hidden messages to his associates to conceal evidence.

Of course of course that hasn't stopped the prosecution from using the willing and complicit media from day one to constantly pound the message that Ghosn is guilty of something.

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Posted in: Surveillance proposed by defense team likely helped Ghosn secure bail See in context

Today  09:26 am JST

The previous defense team led by Motonari Otsuru, a former head of the special squad of Tokyo prosecutors, initially proposed having Ghosn stay in France or at the residence of the French ambassador to Japan in Tokyo.

That’s just insane! It’s not as if the judges weren’t looking for the easiest way to pass the buck and to deny the request as long as humanly possible. It’s what they do. Denial of requests is a high level art form after all and these guys are masters. Why would Ghosns previous lawyers even contemplate that this could have worked?

Hats off to you, Ricky Kaminski13 for spotting the real story in this article.

Ghosn's previous attorney, Motonari Otsuru is the former head of the same special prosecution office that is now prosecuting Ghosn. Although he is now a privately-practicing lawyer working for defendants, the 'team Japan' thinking would never have left him, especially since he's now sitting across the table from all of his proteges who are desperately trying to get a win and avoid losing face. What better way to give his former underlings a helping hand surreptitiously, by suggesting to the court that his current client could be released on bail and allowed to return to his home country while awaiting trial? I'm not surprised in the least that the court was 'stunned' by the suggestion.

If this were any other country with a decent justice system that would be prosecutorial misconduct and grounds for being disbarred.

Ten bucks says that Ghosn was not even aware of the details surrounding his lawyer's first 'attempt' at bail.

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Posted in: Farmer investigated for selling wagyu cattle sperm to smuggler See in context

"Every sperm is sacred..."

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Posted in: There are no parts of a tree that can be thrown away. We can use fallen trees as energy sources without wasting any parts. See in context

While this sounds innovative, quite a few towns in Japan already do this. I know of a town nearby in which all public buildings are heated (and cooled in summer) with 100% biomass (waste wood). The idea came from Europe.

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Posted in: Olympic meeting in Tokyo gets off to chaotic start due to corruption case See in context

According to the head minister of the 2020 Olympic games, Yoshitaka Sakurada the bentos for today's meeting cost 1,500 yen.

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Posted in: Not having children is selfish, says LDP Secretary-General Nikai See in context

NambanOnigiri: As much as I dislike the current government they are actually giving some help to families with children, obviously I would like more and they should do more to help working families. especially if they want more children in society.

They give child support payments, tax breaks, subsidised kindergarten for 2nd children, free kindergarten for the 3rd child, free school meals. I don't know if this is nationwide or just localised however.

Namban, perhaps you haven't lived here long enough, but the monthly child support payments, tax breaks, subsidised kindergarten etc, were policies implemented by the previous DPJ government from 2009 to 2012. They campaigned on, and passed laws to implement them, against the wishes of Abe' LDP. Credit where credit is due.  If they hadn't had this brief stint in power I guarantee we wouldn't have them today.

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Posted in: Pro-smoking LDP lawmaker apologizes for heckling cancer patient See in context

"I just murmured my feelings that smokers should not be discriminated against more than necessary," he said in the statement on his website."

What's next, LDP? Outrage that the rights of oyaji to flirt and fondle their female subordinates might be infringed too much by the passing of stricter sexual harassment laws?

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Posted in: Knife rampage aboard bullet train kills 1, injures 2 See in context

Oh, I know. Let's have everyone who rides the shinkansen carry a knife in order to stop such attacks. All it takes is one 'good guy' with a knife to stop the carnage! (/sarcasm_alert)

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

Honestly, all of you Airbnb supporters need to take an honest look at the situation. All of you "free market is best" and "I'm tired of the government over regulating everything and gouging the average Joe" are far too young to know the past two generations worked so hard to ensure you have a safe place to sleep at night with government-regulated fire escapes and smoke alarm at your hotel, or if you need a clean reliable taxi whose driver has been vetted, licensed and extensively knows the city in which they're driving.

What's what's next for the young budding entrepreneur who wants to break down the so-called government and business bureaucracy? Building inspectors? Doctors, plastic surgeons, lawyers?

We don't need regulations for the public good, as long as I can save 20 to 30% on my bill, right?

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Posted in: 'Roseanne' cancellation brings unemployment, uncertainty See in context

One things for sure - Roseanne's certainly morally bankrupt.

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Posted in: Criminal complaint filed over Finance Ministry's document disposal See in context

Kamiwaki told reporters that if a criminal charge is not pursued it would encourage the state and politicians to "actively dispose of records that are not in their favor," thus undermining democracy.

Only in Japan, wearing its thin, tatamae of a so-called 'democracy' could someone say something like this with a straight face.

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Posted in: China has reportedly detained 21 Japanese this month See in context

Funny funny how it is that the only major religion that seems to get their panties in a knot about their so-called missionaries being detained/bothered/burned at the stake or whatever through the centuries are christians. most non majority christian countries (and now that I think of it, quite a few predominantly christian countries as well) would probably prefer if people didn't go around door to door actively encouraging people to reject their own beliefs and accept their self-proclaimed, 'one true faith'.

One can only one can only imagine in today's political climate if a bunch of sincere Muslims went door-to-door in the US trying to convert Christians. There'd be blood in the streets.

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Posted in: Elementary schoolgirl attacked by man while on her way to school in Tokyo See in context

Everyone, please relax. Japan is a very safe country for kids. It's a simple fact.

I'm saddened by this girl being attacked in a seemingly random event and very glad to hear that her wounds were not serious. But the simple fact is that despite the front page news of this attack, it is an isolated event that although cannot be completely prevented, we need to focus on the fact that the other 14,999,999 school-aged children in Japan were not attacked yesterday. And I'd wager that the number of children injured in traffic accidents (walking, riding bikes, driving with no seatbeat) far outweigh the one box cutter attack in today's news.

So let's not shut up our children in the house just yet.

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Posted in: Japan faces record low eel catch, renewing stock fears See in context

Many Japanese【have been made to】believe the eels, served barbecued and basted in a thick sauce of sake, soy sauce and sugar, provide much-needed stamina during the energy-sapping heat and humidity of the summer.

Many humans outside of Japan believe that air conditioning and sensible working hours provide much-needed stamina during the energy-sapping heat and humidity of the summer.

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Posted in: Japan eyes new residency status for foreigners amid labor shortages See in context

Lest we forget the key point of this announcement, this ridiculous plan is still only being "considered."

And this quote of bureaucratic gobbledygook takes the cake.

*Interns' families would not be allowed to enter the country, a provision meant to keep the creation of the new status from leading to discussions on the sensitive issue of immigration, they said.*

Indeed. FFS. X(

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Posted in: Japanese company makes virtual shadow boyfriends to help protect women who live alone See in context

This will certainly get the neighborhood baa-chans waging their tongues at the supposedly single woman in apartment who apparently now has a male suitor who is not registered on the lease.

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Posted in: Crown prince's accession to throne in 2019 to be one-off holiday See in context

> Schopenhauer wrote: Good things about the era names are in many. We Japanese say I was born in Meiji, I was born in Taisho, I was born in Showa, I was born in Heisei and they are interpreted as having some kind of special characteristics in each group reflecting the air of the era.

That is true. But the same can be said for the Western calendar with, "I was born in the '60s" and "I'm a '80s kid. I grew up on New Wave."

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Posted in: International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling See in context

nakanoguy01Dec. 19  02:47 pm JST

well before you can eat an animal, you have to kill it, right? and that in essence is the main issue.

i hate it when people throw out this phrase. yes, the younger generation isn't interested in eating whale meat, but the older generation still like eating whale. just go to my local izakaya on any given day and they will sell out of whale sashimi. they don't eat it as often but it is still popular.

the problem with this is that there are few jobs to be created in fishing villages. do you think toyota is going to build a new plant there? i don't think it's so black and white. like any bureacracy, once a program is started, it's almost impossible to kill it. so you'll have to wait another generation until funding for whaling dries up or is discontinued.

Nakanoguy, I didn't think it possible for you to completely miss the point of my response, but there you go. :/

As I said at the beginning of my post I stated that I had NO problem with killing whales for food. I've eaten whale several times so I know. I support Canada and Norway who allow traditional hunts. And I support local Japanese villages to hunt in their waters for local consumption.

But the issue isn't killing whales to support a bunch of old oyaji at the local watering hole who reminisce fondly about when whale was a regular staple when food was scarce 70 years ago. There are more than enough whales around the Japanese archipelago to supply that amount of demand. It's the problem of factory-fishing in the Antarctic, about as far away as you can get from "Japanese cultural traditions" where more whale meat is collected each year, packaged up and kept frozen for no other reason than to prop up what is a dead industry. Hell, I'd rather they just give the fishermen 2 million yen a year each to just sit at home. Or direct parking cars at the supermarket, which would be way more beneficial to the country.

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Posted in: International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling See in context

dcog9065Today: There is no issue whatsoever with Japan's whaling program. If these EU countries really cared for whales, they would take aim at Norway, who barbarically slaughters thousands of whales a year, in Europe. It's actually suspicious that the EU overlooks this in their backyard yet takes aim at Japan half the world away. This makes their argument invalid.

As others have mentioned, the problem isn't Japan eating whale, it's Japan's sending its factory-ship, large scale commercial whaling program half way around the world to prop up an industry that is non-existent in all but a handful of coastal fishing villages and with a complete lack of domestic demand for the product. They would do much better to just put the money towards other jobs in these remote places rather than continue this farce. But, then the Japanese would lose face, and that just can't happen.

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