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Posted in: Many restaurants have ceased or are ceasing 24-hour operations. How often do eat out late at night, say, after 10 p.m.? See in context

As a night shift worker I ate in the middle of the night quite often. I appreciated how some stores and restaurants were open all night, and I think anyone who works that shift would too: firemen, police, hospital workers, power plant workers, etc., etc.

The people working at these restaurants and convenience stores got a boost in pay and a nice quiet working environment. While I support store owners being able to operate during any hours they see fit to, it would be disappointing to see late night stores eliminated completely as I occasionally hear calls for. It smacks of the "everyone must do things at the same time" attitude that has everyone take vacations only during Golden Week and that kind of thing.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

Punishing the innocent is bad, but letting the guilty get away with their crimes is just as bad, OR EVEN WORSE, for regular law-abiding citizens.

For law-abiding citizens it is the exact opposite, because as an innocent person there is the possibility that you will be falsely accused and imprisoned.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

This is like saying,

“We actually interrogated him for 7 hours and 59 minutes! Your honor he is lying!”

"We were interrogating him for 7 hours and 59 minutes, he was answering for 7 hours and 59 minutes, and there were 7 hours and 59 minutes of dead air between our questions and his answers! We even gave him a 3-minute bathroom break!"

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

 the inevitable unsubstantiated whines from several people, who will provide no useful details for verification and a one sided presentation in a take it or leave it mode

This is not that different from what police, prosecutors, the Ministry of Justice, and their lapdog media offer.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

"Access to bathing is granted to detainees at least twice a week in order to keep them in good health."

This no-bathing thing is the most barbaric of all.

You would think that for people who are presumed to be guilty and who are being forced to confess, excessive cleanliness would be required, as a part of the process of spiritual cleansing that they claim confessing is a part of.

Instead, detainees (who have not been convicted of anything!) are required to be filthy. They're not doing physical labor, but they're going to be sweating eight hours a day as they are interrogated. AFAIK, they don't even get to change into a fresh set of clothes every day. I can only conclude that they are forcing detainees to be dirty because they want them to feel that they are dirty on the inside as well.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

the officers noticed that Oh was in possession of a realistic replica of a Japan Self-Defense Forces ID card

@Strangerland, it sounds from the story like Mr. Oh presented the correct form of ID (an alien/resident card, I imagine) and that the cops just happened to notice this card while questioning him. He wouldn't have been "providing fake ID" in that case, particularly if he never claimed that it was anything more than a cosplay prop.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

This ID is so obviously fake -- different fonts right next to each other; typos such as missing spaces between words -- that if our suspect was really planning to do some spying, he should get his money back from whoever made it.

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Posted in: Gov't predicts Japan's fiscal target unattainable by FY2025 See in context

inflation would reach the Bank of Japan's 2 percent target in fiscal 2023 under the rosiest scenario

The LDP/BOJ propaganda never stops. There is nothing "rosy" about the prospect of inflation rising to 2%; that would mean even more hardship for average workers, who are already being squeezed by higher prices and higher taxes.

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Posted in: 'Chibanian' adopted as name for geologic age See in context

Why are there two adjective-making endings (-n and -ian) stacked on each other? Can't something from Chiba just be Chiban, as something from Cuba is Cuban? It feels weird to hear things from Guam being called Guamanian with this kind of double ending.

Is there some rule that these ages have to end in -ian or something like that?

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Posted in: Koizumi, wife have baby boy See in context

Congrats but why must I know this? Are they selling him like a brand?

This baby has a far better shot than 99.9% of Japanese people of being a rich, influential government official who will probably be making decisions about our futures. We don't even know his name yet... but we know he'll be wielding power.

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Posted in: MLB urged to strip Astros of 2017 World Series title over cheating scandal See in context

@quercetum - yes, those; the batter can't normally see what signs the catcher is putting down for the pitcher, but the Astros had people watching cameras focused on the catcher (and opposing dugout) and were reading the signs and instantly signalling to the batter by banging on metal garbage cans. The batter thus knew what kind of pitch was coming.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

I'm better off in the sense that my savings and investments have gained in value, so my net worth is more than it was a year ago.

I'm worse off in that my salary has slid downward quite a bit, and being one year older, I'm that much less marketable if I had to look for another job.

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Posted in: Decade in review: What the smartphone has wrought See in context

English is not my first language so this was the first time that I saw this word "wrought", meaning the same as labored or forged.

@Rubens - the use of this old-fashioned word is also a very obscure reference to the first thing ever transmitted on the device that is the great-grandfather of our smartphones, the telegraph: "What hath God wrought?", the Bible quote sent by Samuel Morse in his demonstration back in 1844.

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Posted in: After 25 years, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' tops U.S. charts See in context

The singer -- who will not confirm whether her age is 49 or 50 because she says "time is not something I acknowledge"

I grudgingly give props to her for this philosophy and this justification!

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Posted in: Osaka likely to hold referendum on metropolis plan in November 2020 See in context

@The Trees - The "fu" would remain; it's the "Osaka-shi" level that wouldn't exist anymore, just as "Tokyo-shi" has disappeared.

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Posted in: 18-year Immigration Bureau veteran challenges the system See in context

Oops, that first sentence in my post should be a quote; it is a question from Pukey.

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Posted in: 18-year Immigration Bureau veteran challenges the system See in context

What on earth was K using someone else's passport for?

He wasn't; it was his wife, Mrs. B, who did that. Her husband is now in jail for "abetting" her crime. The article doesn't say what happened to Mrs. B or their daughter.

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Posted in: 令 chosen as kanji character best representing 2019 See in context

@Kazuaki - the word 令嬢 (reijou; someone's esteemed daughter) is still in use on occasion, isn't it?

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Posted in: Gov't postpones debate on imperial succession as divide surfaces See in context

@zones2surf - About the only justification I can think of for the requirement that the nation's ruler be a man comes from ancient and medieval times when the king was expected to lead the troops on the battlefield himself, wielding his own sword and shield.

Japan has embraced pacifism and has "permanently renounced war", right, LDP? There is thus no reason why there should not be a reigning empress. Wake up, LDP fossils.

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Posted in: Gov't preparing ¥13 tril economic stimulus package See in context

The Japanese financial markets' convention of using green for losses and red for gains is particularly ironic in this picture.

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Posted in: Grocery-carrying robots are coming. Do we need them? See in context

For those of us who cannot drive automobiles but live in places where the supermarkets are designed entirely around getting there and carrying your food away in a car, even a device like this is a godsend. I hope they become more affordable and that lots of people use them.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shinjuku Gyoen national park to sell entrance tickets online See in context

This will deter embezzling ticket takers from pocketing people's admission money and then pretending that "scary foreigners" barged past him without paying because he was too scared to demand their tickets.

Remember that fraudster employee a few years ago? Most pathetic excuse for embezzlement I'd ever seen.

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Posted in: Japan needs extra budget of over ¥10 tril: LDP No. 2 Nikai See in context

@alwaysspeakingwisdom, it should be clear why a 79-year-old and an 80-year old arguing about something like this is bad news for all of us: inevitably the two oldsters will settle on a "solution" that involves expanding Japan's already crushing national debt even further -- which will cause hardship for the generations that are still working when these two men are dead, but no significant hardship to them or anyone in their generation.

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Posted in: Abe's approval rating wilts amid accusations of party funding See in context

I guess people here would prefer the days of the rotating chair pm

Yes, some of us do. Politicians weren't in your face every day in the media like Abe is; it was refreshing.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat to be referred to prosecutors over fatal car crash See in context

he might have hit the gas by mistake while intending to step on the brake pedal

Once again we see the "confused brake and gas pedals" situation. Whenever I read about a driver accidentally killing someone with his car, I'm on the lookout for this, and sure enough, here it appears.

How is it possible for this to happen? As far as I know, one foot controls the gas and the other controls the brake. How is it not ingrained in every driver's muscle memory which foot does which?

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Posted in: Technology improving access to services for Japan's disabled See in context

the central government is considering combining the issuance of certification for the disabled with the so-called My Number card

Nobody wants the My Number card. Pretty disgusting to see the government trying to force people to acquire them, starting with the disabled, who have little power to resist.

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Posted in: Tokyo gubernatorial election likely to be on July 5, 2020 See in context

While we're piling on the trivia, I might as well add that Cleo's word gubernator came from Greek kybernan, a verb with the same meaning. On a completely different path, this Greek word led to the English word cybernetic. So cybernetic and governor have the same root. Isn't language crazy?

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

And besides, eliminating all paper is good for the environment 

If you think paper banknotes -- which last several years -- are bad for the environment, I'd be happy to have all denominations turned into coins. Coins can last over a century assuming that they retain some value (something that inflation-targeting central banks are fighting against). And they don't require electricity to pay with!

When you pay with a credit card, you often get a second receipt specific to the credit card -- doubling the waste paper!

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Posted in: Japan athletics execs slam 2020 Olympic marathon move See in context

"It's like the athletes who had been training for many years to climb Everest were told just nine months before they would go to a different mountain," he said.

So Tokyo is the equivalent of the tallest mountain on earth; the one every mountain climber dreams of summiting; the one no one could get to the top of until the 20th century?

What colossal arrogance. The athletes want to put in the best performance they can. It's the Olympic rings that they're aiming for, not the specific city of Tokyo.

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