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Posted in: Which current world leader do you respect the most? See in context

Emperor Naruhito.

A morally-upright pacifist monarch who makes a great symbol for his people.

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Posted in: 83-year-old man arrested over sexual assault of caregiver See in context

Iijima told her in a loud voice, “I can easily get 500 people to work under my orders.” He then pulled the woman to the floor and groped her.

Yeah, this is a little creepy. I thought the story was going to be about some feeble elderly widower grabbing a nurse's butt or something semi-innocent like that. What kind of arrogant monster brags about how many corporate slaves he has working for him?

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Posted in: Pandemic heightens chance Japan will slide back into deflation: poll See in context

The economy will grow 3.2% next year with consumer prices dropping by 0.5%? For the working class, that's the best of both worlds!

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Posted in: Women bear brunt of recession as pandemic unravels Abe's 'Womenomics' See in context

Abe's desire to get women into the work force was never about some high-minded gender-equality ideal. From the very beginning it was about making women add to household incomes so that the Japanese populace could pay more for their daily necessities and support the inflation he wanted (and still wants) to create, devaluing the debts his government has run up at the public's expense.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

The wearing-out of surfaces is proportional to the fourth power of the weight of the thing that sits on it, which means that an automobile that weighs over a ton will wear out the roads at more than a hundred thousand times what a pedestrian or automobile will. (This is illustrated in the real world by how there are pedestrian bridges in Rome and China that have stayed intact for centuries with people walking over them the whole time, while automobile pavement typically has to be replaced inside of a few decades; sometimes even sooner.)

So if the government wants one-tenth of a yen per year for my bicycle's use of the roads, I guess I could handle it. I'd bring a single yen coin to city hall and be paid up for a decade.

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Posted in: Japan wants U.S. to extradite Americans who helped Ghosn flee See in context

Imagine that I rob a bank and after a highspeed police chase I end up at your house where you let me hide out for a while until you arranged a private jet to whisk me out of the country. 

You're putting the cart before the horse here by starting off by saying that you committed a crime. A better analogy from Ghosn's perspective would be if you showed up at my house because the police were chasing you and falsely claiming that you had robbed a bank, and me arranging a jet for you because I know as well as you do that the police are not going to see things your way.

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Posted in: NHK removes video on U.S. protests after online outrage about depiction of African Americans See in context

@noriahojanen - I've always found that insulting and condescending too. Japanese translators love to insert uncouth Kanto dialect words (nee for nai among others) into the mouths of Black characters. There are other stereotypes, such as the one where older men speak like they're from Hiroshima or Yamaguchi, but the one for Black people feels really disrespectful.

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Posted in: 41-year-old woman arrested over fatal abuse of 2-month-old son in 2018 See in context

So many 41-year-olds in this world who would do anything to have a baby. And this monster treats human life like that? Disgusting.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to urge gov't to retain April start for academic year See in context

The University of Tokyo wanted to make this change -- for their own calendar at least -- about a decade ago. They wanted to align with most of the northern hemisphere for sending students and professors abroad, receiving people from abroad, and not having as many conflicts with conferences and other events.

Of course businesses and the government were too wedded to April to even consider it.

I think the most ridiculous objection that I often hear is that the beginning of the year must coincide with cherry blossoms. Never mind the fact that sakura season is different depending on where in Japan you are (up north it's May!), or that global warming might change that for us whether we like it or not.

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Posted in: 'Real Lords of the Flies' shipwreck to become Hollywood movie See in context

I remember reading about this story years ago and found it really inspiring. In reality we see a much better human nature than what fiction writers present. And Tonga isn't exactly a household name in the northern hemisphere; this should give that culture some well-deserved publicity. Looking forward to it!

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Posted in: Jerry Stiller, comedian and 'Seinfeld' actor, dies at 92 See in context

Loved this guy. May he be granted serenity now and forever.

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Posted in: Abe regrets having missed goal of amending Constitution by 2020 See in context

Despite Abe's long-held political goal, opinion polls have shown that a majority of Japanese find no need to accelerate discussions on whether to revise the Constitution.

I really wish this sentence had been phrased as, "Despite opinion polls showing that a majority of Japanese find no need to accelerate discussions on whether to revise the Constitution, Abe continues to hold this as a political goal."

After all, it is the job of political leaders to reflect the will of the people they represent, not to try to impose their personal goals on the people.

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Posted in: Deflation fears creep back in Japan as pandemic hits prices See in context

This might be the most noxious, one-sided, Abe/Kuroda/BoJ-worshiping, pro-LDP-and-anti-working-class articles I've seen yet on this site. Lots of copy-pasted phrases, lots of subtly-LDP-favoring word choices. Same author all the time, too.

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Posted in: Marijuana possession charge dropped against former HKT48 member See in context

So she joined the group when she was about 12 (!) and left at 13. And now, more than half a lifetime later, she gets involved with a guy who may have been into drugs (they say arrested, not convicted) and a literally-microscopic amount of something was "found" (how?) in her bag, and this is worthy of national news attention?

This is looking like a classic case of "criticism of the LDP is mounting; quick, find a celebrity to bust for drugs! ...no one available? What about that girl who was in HKT as a child?"

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Posted in: Bill Gates among 117 foreigners to be decorated by Japan See in context

Why would they do that?

The headline talks about the 117 foreigners; it is natural to assume that the article will mention at least a few of them.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting store manager after not being given change on tray See in context

Vince, it was the (male) manager of the store that he punched, not the female cashier.

Not that that makes it any more excusable.

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Posted in: Abe's wife criticized for group shrine visit See in context

@Kyushubill -- all the more reason to criticize; perhaps part of Abe putting off declaring the state of emergency was so that she could make this trip.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan attacks on WHO are venomous, aimed at independence See in context

China has accused Taiwan of "venomously" attacking the World Health Organization(WHO), seeking independence

"Seeking" independence? How do you "seek" what you already have, and have had for many decades?

Did you think we wouldn't notice your deceptive wording, CCP? Not notice that you presume as truth something that is only believed by yourselves?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for fatally stabbing husband See in context

Kochikame, that's what it sounds like. 2 AM, him in a defenseless position... it looks like she stabbed him in his sleep, which is one of the most despicable ways to kill someone imaginable.

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Posted in: Coronavirus threatens revival of Japan's deflationary nemesis See in context

Analysts say the threat is real with recent sharp falls in oil costs weighing on inflation

This is ridiculous. Cheaper oil means cheaper energy, which makes every part of life easier. Environmental concerns aside -- and we all know how little most politicians and big businesses care for the environment -- cheaper energy is an unmitigated win for the people: their goods get cheaper and they can buy more of them. The only loser is the government who wants to inflate away its debts at the public's expense!

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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

Gee, say she's a victim all you want but what a surprising lack of mental fortitude.

Kazuaki, I have no idea what experiences you've had in life, but I can tell you that a Japanese man with power over you bellowing at you, screaming half-truths at you, and hammering a table with his fist is terrifying. It will make you lose all sense of rationality and make you focus only on what that man wants to hear, right now. I experience it only with bullying company superiors; I can't imagine how tough it would be if it were the National Police Agency.

It's easy to talk about a "lack of mental fortitude" when you're not in the situation yourself. That's why this system is so abusive. People who haven't experienced anything like it ignorantly reassure themselves that they would never break under such interrogation conditions if they hadn't done anything wrong, so someone who does break is clearly at fault somehow.

And this statement right here:

If anything, the real corrupter of the whole legal process was Mika by a false confession under a low pressure situation.

...is pathetic in how it makes excuses for the bullies doing the investigating. The "real corrupter" is the innocent nurse. Not the police officers who drag people off the streets, not the investigators who threaten physical violence; not the prosecutors who ignore new evidence in their all-consuming pursuit of a guilty verdict, justice and the truth be damned. No, it's that innocent woman: she's the real corrupter in this system!?

Just last night there was a TV show about a man who was falsely accused, harshly interrogated with all the physical and psychological torture, and concealment of exculpatory evidence, and everything else that we expect from the police, and sent to prison. After finishing his sentence, he sought redress from the legal system, and one of the prosecutors used basically the exact line you just did: "You were at fault too, because you falsely confessed."

People don't falsely confess because they want to corrupt the legal system; they falsely confess because they are tortured into doing so by a system that has all-powerful police and prosecutors who are drunk on delusions of their own infallibility and superiority. This system is completely indefensible and I have no doubt that its supporters will have nothing more rational to say in support of it than "leave Japan if you don't like it".

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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

The problem with the system here is that the police are often more focused on finding a party to be guilty, than finding the guilty party.

NPA motto: "We always get our man! ...or a man, at least. Sometimes a woman. Just as long as someone gets tossed in jail!"

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Posted in: Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep 2021 spots See in context

"Some said they prefer May 2021, others June ..."

The earlier, the better! (Or, if we start looking at autumn, the later the better.) Avoiding the summer heat will do wonders for the athletes' performance and for people's safety!

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Posted in: Whiplash: All at once, a steady U.S. economy screeches to halt See in context

Goldman Sachs expects the economy to shrink at a sickening 24% annual rate in the April-June quarter.

I just did some math: that 24% annualized decline is if the current quarter's trends continue for a whole year. Looking at this coming quarter alone, the prediction is a 6.66% shrinkage of the economy. Devilish!

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is also a golden opportunity to move them to a more sensible time of the year, such as October/November or March/April.

The corrupt IOC may have chosen July/August so as to maximize the money they could get from television broadcasters who want to avoid the busy US and European sports seasons, but now that the spotlight is deservedly on the athletes' health, it should be clear that August is no time to be holding these contests and assembling these crowds in a place like Tokyo. Japan should have chosen a different location, too: Sendai would have been a great choice and could certainly use the economic boost.

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

Perhaps Abe is insistent on the Games being held as scheduled because he is banking on a large number of athletes not coming and the Japanese athletes winning an outsized number of medals for lack of competition. And this will somehow justify his wishes to change the Constitution and debase the yen. Somehow.

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

Has the yen been "devalued"? I must have missed something, because the yen has always seemed quite strong and stable for the past 20 years that I've been here.

Surely you didn't miss the gigantic fall in the yen's value starting in late 2012 when the LDP regained power; it took about 80 yen to buy one US dollar, and over the next two to three years it soon took 110 or more.

And those aren't just esoteric numbers relevant only to currency traders -- prices at the supermarket have gone way up, with products shrinking. We're paying a lot more, and getting less, for our yen. There's nothing "strong and stable" about that. The LDP is devaluing its massive debts and making wage-earners pay for it in the form of devalued savings and devalued money.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

This is a golden opportunity to prioritize the athletes' health and safety and move the Games to the autumn (or spring 2021) and undo the ridiculous idea of holding them in the 35°C heat of Tokyo summer, which should never have been allowed.

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

"bold, unprecedented" measures to mitigate the pain the epidemic is inflicting on the world's third-largest economy.

Unfortunately for the workers and savers of Japan, these measures will increase the pain, not mitigate it, because the only thing the BoJ ever does is devalue the people's money.

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Posted in: Japan's economic policymakers now factoring in Olympics cancellation, sources say See in context

Return to 5% consumption tax, please.

And no tax on medical care!

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