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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed See in context

Take away the tickets given to the Olympic vilage, i.e. officials, executives, sponsors, advertisers, media, national olympic committees, VIPs, local dignitaries, athletes, and family members, and there's not much left for anyone one else. When these people are not being wined and dined, or on duty, they might attend a few events, or more likely try and sell their tickets. Has been that way for years. And unlikely to change. Just don't get caught.

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Posted in: Euthanasia law comes into effect in Australian state See in context

My mother is lying in a care home bed totally demented, unaware of her surroundings, unable to talk, unable to move or walk even with assistance, unable to do anything alone, with regular pain meds to relieve her after breaking her leg; the carers pour food in one end, and wipe it out of the other end, day after day. That's not life. If she knew that this is how she would spend the end of her life, she would have been appalled. If she was a family pet like a dog or cat, she would have been put to sleep with no qualms. The rest of the family are in agreement that she should not be suffering needlessly or in pain, but this is zero quality of life.

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Posted in: FSA estimates couples need retirement savings of up to ¥30 mil See in context

Don't tell Aso! And if you do, he won't listen.

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Posted in: Japan focuses on dementia prevention, coexistence under new program See in context

delaying the onset of dementia and slowing development of symptoms once patients develop them."

There's dozens of drug companies, hospitals and university research departments trying to research this and find the answers. If they could solve it, Japan would be amongst the first to know, its a huge market for them. But not yet!

As stated above, just hot air.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

'combined accelerator and brake pedal'

Sounds like an even more difficult pedal, requiring greater dexterity. Not good for arthritic drivers or those with weak muscles.

Teach them to pay attention, as mentioned above. Be aware of their surroundings. Use commentary driving as soon as they start.

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Posted in: Getting to zero: Tokushima town tries to recycle all its waste See in context

Separated the garbage into many categories: the truck came around, and loaded them all in the same time, then proceed to compact and crush them together! What was the point? Little disappointed!

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

reverence for harmony that pervades high-tech Japan

A trip to the Ward Office where people register their marriages or partnerships, or a Bank where people pay for it will almost certainly expose the myth of high-tech Japan. Reams of paper, forms to fill out in triplicate, ink pads for personal seals, and a flurry of both inked stamps and revenue stamps on paper belong to the same age of the Meiji mindset that pervades people in government and the bureaucracy.

Another 400 years....

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Posted in: Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced See in context

White skin in Asia is a sign of affluence, not mimicking the West, and has been for hundreds of years. Poor farmers and labourers worked outside and got suntanned, rough skin, looking aged before their time; whilst the landowners stayed indoors, and only went outside with sun parasols, to protect them from the sun's rays. Popular actresses in many countries such as Thailand are well-rounded and white, not slim and dark. Fair-skinned people with sun tans are the reciprocal of this, it shows that they too were affluent and could afford holidays and travel overseas to sunnier climates.

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Posted in: Ban on ticket scalping comes into force ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

There will always be a few guys shouting ari nari masu.There is too much money at stake. Some of the worst are the actual Olympic village members, executives, families, sponsors, officials who try to sell their unwanted free tickets, to make another few dollars on top of their high salaries, travel allowances and expenses.

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Posted in: Proxy company advises Nissan shareholders to vote against Saikawa See in context

A first step in improving their appalling corporate governance, and a highly visible one. But many of these shareholders do not think the same way as these overseas companies, and they note that Ghosn was technically Saikawa's boss, so he may have just been following orders. Saikawa may have behaved like a snake, as others have noted, but he is at least a known quantity to them; a new CEO from inside the company or even an outsider might not be an improvement. Tough call!

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Posted in: Japan to stiffen rules for foreign university student enrollment after 1,600 go AWOL See in context

For 30-40 years they have turned a blind eye to 'students' attending some of these mostly bogus colleges, working all the hours they could with a bare minimum of study and little incentive to 'graduate', as small local businesses, restaurants and bars needed the cheap labour to survive. Reciprocally, the students sent a lot of that money back to their home country. Wait for these small business owners to start complaining....

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

Aso is arrogance personfied. Been at a few conferences where he was speaking or on a panel discussion as a 'VIP' or 'Keynote speaker', lounging back in his chair, slurring his speech at the microphone, putting down questioners, and answering with the mindset of someone born in the 1640s. As others have written, he and his family are rich; other people do not matter to him, except for opening doors and bowing to him.

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Posted in: Fujifilm to resume sales of black-and-white film See in context

Next it will be processing and development kits, and printing solutions. The prints will almost certainly last longer than modern digital media, though maybe not as long as properly stored Kodachrome slides,

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Posted in: Outrage at acquittals in rape cases sparks calls to fix Japanese law See in context

A lot of Japanese AV or porn is based upon poorly written scripts of men forcing themselves on women, who eventually start to enjoy it. With the number of men whose sole sex education and experience is watching these films, is it any wonder that it happens so frequently, and that they have the attitude that they do?

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Posted in: Pilot vertigo likely cause of F-35A jet crash See in context

Really, they have no clue. No flight recorder, no cockpit recorder, no communications, It's just a guess.

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Posted in: French gov't hopes to fortify Renault-Nissan alliance See in context

Anyone who has worked or been associated with Nissan will know that despite becoming strategic partners with Renault back in 1999, nearly 20 years ago, the two companies are very poorly integrated, still running many independent business systems which do not work well together. The only thing that they seem to have achieved together is a flourishing corporate 'speak' of buzzwords and abbreviations unintelligible to outsiders. Adding Fiat Chrysler to the mix will only add to the mess.

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Posted in: Tokyo expressway to have variable tolls during 2020 Olympics See in context

it believes the travel time can be halved with the help of companies introducing telework and shifting work hours, and reduced to 20 minutes with the extra toll

Ha ha! The oyajis in the companies require your presence on your chair at your desk, telework and flextime are relatively rare here, and it takes just one tailgating/ road-rage accident to shut down the main highways for 30-40 minutes, and you can expect more with these tolls, taxes and limits affecting work.

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Posted in: British PM May quits as party leader, starting succession race See in context

Her period as Home Office Minister will also be remembered for the large cuts in the police force (and expansion of commissioners and administrators) which have directly or indirectly led to the current levels of violence in London and other areas. Her management of the UK Border agency and immigration was also poor.

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Posted in: Need someone to watch your cat while you’re away? Try the new Japanese cat-lover’s site Nyatching See in context

Avoid LINE, just contact the Japan Pet Sitter Association 日本ペットシッター協会


Provides details of registered pet sitters; provides training, business advice, insurance.

Well established, even our local vet takes the training course!

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Posted in: Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler merger proposal See in context

Cost savings and realignment from mergers in corporate speak mean job losses plus bigger bonuses for executives as share value temporarily increases.

Holding companies, massive licensing agreements, cross border transactions and multiple transfer of assets means less transparency and greater opportunity for tax avoidance.

Only winners will be the merger lawyers and accountants, and a few shareholders.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics to ban fans from posting photos, video of events on their social media accounts See in context

The legendary greed of the Lords of the Rings...

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer slams bail conditions See in context


The conviction rate is 99% for cases that go to trial. Between 55% and 68% of cases do not go to trial, depending on your data source. This is because the system only wants guaranteed cases. There is much pressure on judges and police to provide this.

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Posted in: What do you think of sports stars who shriek, grunt or yell out during play? See in context

Most obvious in tennis. It shows that they are trying....

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Posted in: Man arrested for using dog shock collar to discipline his children See in context

Tasers, stun sticks, trackers, cellphone jammers and other electronic exotica are all to be found around Akihabara. Just peer into some of the glass cabinets at the little stalls. Not advertised as such, but you can buy them.

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Posted in: Court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages See in context

Very typical Japan; their courts siding with the government (the establishment) to preserve the status quo, but untypical in that a district court dismissed the claim for damages. They usually approve this, and it is the Supreme Court who then dismiss it on appeal.

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Posted in: Tearful British PM May says she will resign on June 7 See in context

A very poor PM, and an even worse Home Secretary, but hindered by one of the worst cabinets/ government in recent times.

The public feel that the Conservative party have betrayed them, and a number of MPS will now lose their seats.

They just have to make sure Corbyn stays out of Number 10!

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Posted in: Boxing body faces Olympic inquiry team before Tokyo ruling See in context

More corruption associated with a global sports body and the IOC. No real surprise, but hard to know who is honest and who isn't from this article. Self-suspensions, criminal charges, arrests, organised crime; sounds just like FIFA.

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Posted in: Report reveals alleged labor issues at 2020 Tokyo Olympic building sites See in context

In Japan in 2017, there were 323 deaths in construction, with the highest number of fatalities in the over 50 and over 60 age groups. The Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association's latest data is from 2010, showing how seriously they take the issue!

Exactly the same with FIFA in Qatar for the soccer world cup, though there are many more deaths reported there. According to a report published by the International Trades Union Confederation (ITUC) approximately 1200 workers have already died since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar in 2010.

To put that number in perspective the ITUC also revealed the amount of workers killed in the lead up to other major sporting events around the world.

The next highest number of deaths were from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with 60 people killed and the 2004 Athens Olympics with 40 killed.

Ten workers died before the 2010 Beijing Olympics and seven were killed while working in construction for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

There were zero construction fatalities for the 2012 London Olympics and one death for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The ITUC predicts that there will be at least 4000 worker fatalities by the time the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins.

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Posted in: Health insurance to cover new cancer therapy worth ¥33 mil See in context

I have to wonder if this is has been influenced by the case of the swimmer Rikako Ikee, recently diagnosed with leukaemia?

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

Similar to the BBC, except that they use covert surveillance, a fleet of draconian TV detector vans to detect if households have a TV but have no licence. However they do reduce fees by 50% for the registered blind people (severely sight impaired)!

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