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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

For many, they have no money to spend. All the part-time and contract workers won't earn anything for 10 days or more, even harder for those on the very common minimum wage. They'll be watching their Yen very closely. Lie on the tatami, watch TV, drink, sleep, maybe a walk in the local park. Nonbiri...

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Posted in: Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication See in context

The Imperial Household Agency (Kunaicho) have the current emperor taking part in around 9 ceremonies relating to his abdication, and the new one doing around 10 ceremonies over the next month, of which the public know next to nothing and never see, mostly held in the Imperial Palace, but also at Ise Grand Shrine, the Musashi Imperial Graveyard, Nara and Kyoto.

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

It's not the first time to use foreigners. When they were changing a shroud in 1997 and ran into trouble, they used US and SE Asian welders from Arabian oil plants and with experience of building oil tankers, as they were allowed to recieve higher doses of radiation than the locals.

Documented here by Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear/special-report-japans-throwaway-nuclear-workers-idUSTRE75N18A20110624

"At Fukushima in 1997, Japanese safety rules were applied in a way that set very low radiation exposure limits on a daily basis, Fujii said. That was a prudent step, safety experts say, but it severely limited what Japanese workers could do on a single shift and increased costs. 

The workaround was to bring in foreign workers who would absorb a full-year’s allowable dose of radiation of between 20 millisieverts and 25 millisieverts in just a few days."

And in typical fashion:

"Tokyo Electric would admit five years later it had hid evidence of the extent of the defect in the shroud from regulators. That may have added to the pressure to finish the job quickly. When new cracks were found, they were fixed without a report to regulators, according to disclosures made in 2002 

It is not clear if the radiation doses for the foreign workers were recorded on an individual basis or if they have faced any heath problems. Tepco said it had no access to the worker records kept by its subcontractors. IHI said it had no record of the hiring of the foreign workers. Toshiba, another major contractor, also said it could not confirm that foreign workers were hired."

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. struggle to find crashed stealth fighter jet and its 'secrets' See in context

There's already a nuclear bomb deep in the ocean south of Japan, when an A4 rolled off the deck of the USS Ticonderoga back in 1965. It has never been recovered, at least by the owners, nor the plane and pilot. It was not until 1989 that the Pentagon revealed the loss of the one-megaton bomb. The revelation inspired a diplomatic inquiry from Japan requesting details.

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

Double it, then exempt the following: food, medicines, essential drinks, books and educational materials, childrens' clothing, utilities, and a few other essential items. Other countries with much high rates such as the UK and Denmark do this.

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Posted in: Activity detected at N Korean nuclear site: U.S. monitor See in context

5 railcars near a unranium plant = making a nuclear bomb. Quite a non-sequitur! Is that the best intelligenece that the US has?

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film titled 'The Rise of Skywalker' See in context

Should now be called Mary Sue in Space Saves Everybody! Rey is killing the franchise.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

@deadforgood - Japanese drivers are worse than foreign drivers. 

Try driving in Saudi Arabia, Greece, Thailand, Russia... then you'll realise that Japanese drivers are not so bad after all.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

He's only resigned as the Minister. He still remains a member of the Diet, with or without his USB sticks.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

There are too many signs at junctions and crossings here, and you can spend too much time wondering which one is the most important or relevant to the next section of road. At one junction in Yokohama, there ae 11 different signs in the 10 metres leading up to a crossroads: take time to try to read them all and you risk shunting the driver in front or causing a stoppage; ignore one of them, and you risk a parking fine, turning fine or going down a one-way street.

It often seems as if the road planners have never driven a car in their lives!

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Posted in: Japan to redesign banknotes in 2024 See in context

Of note is that this is a post-2020 plan! Virtually everything nowadays is centred around 2020, the Tokyo Olympics; leaving people wondering what is going to happen after 2020, beside the Osaka expo in 2025,

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Posted in: HBO brings down curtain on TV phenom 'Game of Thrones' See in context

Interestingly, the final edition of the book that it is based upon has not been completed, and probably won't be until after the TV series has finished. The TV series and the Book may have different endings.

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders vote to remove Ghosn as director See in context

A nice cosmetic display of harmony, but they still have to fix the numerous issues of corporate governance that they sorely lack.

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Posted in: UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content See in context

UK will soon be like the old East Germany with the STASI monitoring everything. This can also include comments and discussion. They also want to regulate false or fake news, not reported here, but who will decide what is fake or not, esp. if the government just does not like it or agree with it. An independent regulator - paid by and beholden to whom? Knighthoods and peerages who everyone who does what they are told. A dangerous path to go down...

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Posted in: Aso says mergers one option for ailing regional banks See in context

Opened a second account with a local regional bank for my company. They just did not understand international business; overseas transfers - sending and receiving money; while transfer limits were just not suitable for domestic business. Ended up going back to the national bank. They were less useless.

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Posted in: IHI finds over 7,000 cases of improper jet engine part inspection See in context

*The company is likely to disclose details after it finishes its own investigation, while the government is expected to take additional administrative action.*

Not exactly confidence giving....

... expect a handful of 45 degree bows, lots of apologies, a single token resignation, admission of misunderstanding, and pledges to consider plans to discuss ways of having a meeting to do it better.

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Posted in: 30% of young Japanese say Diet not helping people's lives See in context

Not really unique to Japan is it? Most Parliaments/ Governments look after their National Interests, NOT their nationals' interest. Their 'elected officials', often political families, are mostly self-serving with their snouts in the trough, whether it is amakudari, lobbying, post-government consulting, or the speakers' circuit. The people (slaves) just pay for it.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

Prosecutors are desperate for a conviction, to save face and their 99% record. Otherwise careers will stall, and transfers to remote offices will follow. The establishment fear a loss of their authority.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

Gems of Japanese-English has been published since the 1980s, Miranda Kendrick has done a few volumes of this, and made a few Yen. But still it goes on. And brightens up many a day.

There are also equivalent volumes for Singlish, Chinglish, Taglish, Thaiglish, and many other Asian langages, though there is a potential market for Eihongo - the bloopers that foreigners make when writing in Japanese!

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Posted in: Brunei introduces death by stoning for adultery, gay sex See in context

The inhabitants of these 'Strict Sharia Law' countries exhibit totally different behaviour when outside of their country. Just look at the Sukhumvit Soi 3/1 in Bangkok, also known as Soi Arab, close to the infamous Grace Hotel, their regular nightspot.

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Posted in: Three 18-year-olds killed, one in coma after traffic accident in Shizuoka See in context

Just drove back from Hyogo to Yokohama on the highways. Was over taken regularly by trucks and buses going in excess of 120km/ h, as well as Kei cars that wobbled unsteadily in the winds, as they pulled out to overtake, or even pass on the left. Kei cars are maybe ok for narrow tracks, lanes and roads in the country, but they are not suitable for highways. Their narrow tyres and relatively tall bodies makes them unstable, especially in crosswinds and tight corners, and even more so when overloaded with goods or passengers.

Kei cars - made to save money but ending up costing lives.

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work across Japan as fiscal 2019 begins See in context

F A I L First Attempt In Learning.

Most successful people have a number of failures behind them, that they regard as experience.

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Posted in: Evacuation plans to be worked out for megaquake in Pacific See in context

Go inland, and uphill, quickly...

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Posted in: Gov’t proposes measures to make it easier for foreign visitors to get mobile phones See in context

Took 5 minutes for my nephew to get one at Haneda airport, where there are 2 or 3 outlets there offering the service. He was staying for 3 weeks. Paid with credit card, showed his passport. Simple, quick, easy.

Data service, phone and international calling all included.

Has anyone in the government even been there besides Aso, Abe and Kono?

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Posted in: 759 foreign trainees in Japan disappeared after unjust treatment: survey See in context

Local authorities, bureaucrats and the government just turn a blind eye to this. They still have the pre-1939 view of Asians as somewhat lesser people (as spoken aloud by Ishihara the ex-mayor of Tokyo); and that they are just paid labour for J-Inc, doing jobs no-one else wants to do or can't do. As others have said, go after the brokers, who are their own countrymen or women, and the companies who employ them.

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Posted in: City in Shiga Pref to use AI to help teachers detect signs of school bullying See in context

CS - Common Sense - observation, thinking, decision making, communication and action - could also be useful, instead of putting the decision on to an inflexible, complex algorithm-based entity known as AI.

And unless the AI is equipped with a disciplining tool of some kind, all it will do is 'Report to the Teacher!'

Who must then do something....maybe...

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Posted in: Options for next era name include terms adapted from Japan classics See in context

Can't be anything beginning with H S T or M. Japanese administrative paperwork cannot handle two sets of dates with the same initial.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten controls on ivory market amid int'l criticism See in context

They have done virtually nothing since 1990, so what will they start doing now. Hankos or seals are engrained in the national psyche, with elaborate ivory ones a status symbol for VIPs, corporate bosses and talents.

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Posted in: Gov't investigates 700 foreign students AWOL from Tokyo university See in context

Just check the restaurants, construction sites, docks, recycling factories and scrapyards, SMEs, etc.. The local police and the colleagues in arms with the occasional finger missing know exactly where these people are. They are needed to run the small businesses that are the backbone of Japan. Been known for years. Just check out Rey Ventura's Underground in Japan, an excellent account of such life, written in 1992.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic chief Takeda to announce resignation: sources See in context

@japanfan - the JOC is for all Olympic games, in Japan as well as overseas, as well as some involvement in regional competitions such as the Asian Games. Japan is famous (or infamous) for often having more officials than athletes in their delegation.

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