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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

From the UK media last week, counterfeit Covid certificates of testing are already available in the UK, and are have been used by travellers. Virtually every kind of documentation is available now for a fee.

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Posted in: Gov't puts off decision to release treated Fukushima water into sea See in context

The IAEA will of course approve it as their mandate is to promote the safe use of nuclear power. The NRA are part of the nuclear village in Japan, and will follow the government lead after some token objections.

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Posted in: Abe says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at 2016 Olympics See in context

Ordered by Dentsu, the power behind the Lords of the Rings in Japan,

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

@ Ampas and Kniknaknokkaer

branston pickle - original and small chunk from amazon japan!

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Posted in: Overly straightforward phone fraud prevention poster goes viral See in context

Not a Smartphone in sight!

Bit out of touch.

Landline with rotary dial by the look of it...

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Posted in: ANA expects record net loss of around ¥530 bil See in context

Will they dump their A380s, like nearly everyone else has done?

Bit of an ego purchase, that did not really fit well into their overall route plans.

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

Two years ago, Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, was the deputy chief of the government’s cybersecurity strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He provoked astonishment by admitting he had never used a computer in his professional life, and did not know what a USB memory stick/ drive was.

Hopefully, they have someone more qualified now!

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Posted in: Tokyo Dome considers shareholder meeting as it faces activist pressure See in context

Japan shareholders such as banks and METI will not let this happen. Letters to allow foreign shareholders to attend will arrive at the last minute, correspondence will regrettably go missing. The same happened at a recent Toshiba meeting, where the Ministry even called up investors asking if they had colloborated with an activist investor; not a threat, of course.

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Posted in: Fishing crews arriving in New Zealand have coronavirus See in context

The only question I have here is did they really all test negative 3 days before coming to NZ - it seems difficult to believe so many could be now positive unless the initial 'negative' tests were faulty.

Virtually all documentation is all available for a price! Bank statements, marriage certificates, graduate degrees, driving licences, press credentials, health certificates, and other paperwork, even passports!

People are willing to pay to get back to work.

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Posted in: Fujifilm seeks approval for Avigan as COVID-19 treatment in Japan See in context

Time for the CEO to have another game of golf, maybe this time with PM Suga or MHLW Tamura.

Results of the study, conducted by subsidiary Fujifilm Toyama Chemical, were found to be statistically significant.

Reported in the WSJ earlier, studies are looking at the doses required, as well as the possibility of it being used in combination with other drugs, but some have not been published due to a lack of statistical significance.

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Posted in: Japanese firms fall woefully short of meeting gov't goals on women in management See in context

I knew of one woman at a Japanese drug company, who was promoted unexplainably to a department head position, to the surprise of the staff, accompanied by a lot of trumpeting about it. Within 6 months people were complaining how incompetent she was, but the majority of the complaints were from other women!

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Posted in: JOC to protect female athletes targeted by exploitative photos See in context

Japan - the only country where taking photos surreptiously has its own crime name - 'UpSkirting'.

Even 'advertised' in big posters at railway stations.

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Posted in: Ambulance makes wrong turn on expressway, delaying arrival at hospital; patient dies next day See in context

As a frequent driver along that route, the multiple signs and road markings are confusing, with many advance warning signs for junctions mixed with signs for interections. I once missed the Shiodome exit a little further along, and it took around 30 minutes to be able to leave the highway and get back to my destination. With all the new roads in the area, car navigation units are useless unless updated, while google maps on a Smartphone tells you go to North or East, instead of left or right,

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Posted in: Japan vows to boost missile defense after North Korea parade See in context

If Japan ever got a decent missile defence system, that worked reliably, who would authorise its use for a shootdown? By the time the oyajis in Kasumigaseki had made a decision, there would be a big hole in the ground where it had landed hours ago.

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Posted in: Hong Kong scientists say anti-microbe drug successful against coronavirus See in context

Risk vs. benefit.

A couple of weeks of this RBC treatment vs. the long term effects of Covid-19 infection.

Many people would be willing to take it for the short term benefit.

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Posted in: China to test all 9 million people in Qingdao for coronavirus See in context

Many of the Chinese-made testing kits were rejected by European Health Authorites for lack of accuracy, excessive numbers of false positives and false negatives, etc..

Good luck to those patients relying on them!

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Posted in: 17 killed in Thailand bus-train collision See in context

@hiro - the picture is taken by someone standing on the actual crossing area, looking down the tracks. The bus is approx. 10-12m from the crossing. Singapore and Thai media have many more images showing this accident.

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Posted in: Typhoon moving parallel to Japan toward Izu island chain See in context

Typhoon Chan-hom, the season's 14th

Name and number - Second paragraph...

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Posted in: Japan may ease rules on 'morning-after pill' next year: report See in context

Japanese doctors can make a lot more money out of abortions than selling pills; so they are resistant to let a cash-cow slip out of their hands.

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Posted in: With aggressive lobbying by Suga, optimism grows that Tokyo will hold Olympics See in context

said a ruling party heavyweight close to Suga.

It's always the same anonymous source.

Official Disclosure

Unofficial Disclosure


Breach of National Security

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Posted in: Coe supports athletes' right to advocate for social or racial justice at Olympics See in context

Coe was in charge of World Athletics, and had no clue about the Russian drugs and doping, or claimed not to know anything. With his long time involvement in sports and sports administration, many found that incredible.

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Posted in: Social media abuse drives girls off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: poll See in context

Yet most of the growing number of social media influencers are girls - fashion, travel, food, make-up, etc..

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Posted in: Fujitsu still investigating cause of Tokyo Stock Exchange outage, says CEO See in context

Fujitsu have a troubled history. Their UK Post Office system was full of faults, leading to post office managers being fired and accused of theft, when it was the system that was causing it. They are only now being compensated for ir. An earliery project with the UK NHS was also a mess, over-priced and underperforming, leading to a change of vendor.

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Posted in: Gov't already planning approval of antiviral drug Avigan in November See in context

Even the Japanese media noted Abe's desire for a quick approval and his familiarity or relationship with a golfing partner, the CEO at FujiFilm, who had provided 3M¥ in political donations, though then cabinet secretary Suga denied anything inappropriate.

Avigan was already approved by Japanese regulators in 2014 as a backup drug in case a new kind of flu emerged, but it hasn’t been used in Japan for regular flu because studies in monkeys, rabbits and mice suggested that if a pregnant woman took the drug, it could cause deformities in the fetus or kill the fetus.

Studies are looking at the doses required, as well as the possibility of it being used in combination with other drugs, but some have not been published due to a lack of statistical significance.

A trial in Japan isn’t testing whether Avigan could cure coronavirus patients but whether it could suppress the virus—a lower bar to clear. 

Reported by WSJ March 6, 2020. https://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-tests-coronavirus-drug-despite-danger-of-birth-defects-11583492886

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Posted in: If you live in a house in Japan, is it Western style, Japanese style or a bit of both? See in context

Half and half. Old house renovated inside. Tatami room and shojis, but wooden floor. Large wooden deck for barbecues and summer drinks, garden to grow vegetables, trees for shade. And a good size basement garage, with space for car, bikes and tools. Not bad for downtown Yokohama.

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Posted in: High court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay ¥1 bil in damages over Fukushima disaster See in context

Predictably, after due consideration and examining the ruling, TEPCO will appeal to the Supreme Court, who will side with them and the government. That's the way it usually goes here on nuclear power issues.

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Posted in: JAL ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings See in context


Self-Loading Cargo has also been used to describe passengers in the typical cramped seating of a modern airplane.

However, back on topic, the usual Japanese expressions -san and -sama are totally gender neutral.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay to start on March 25 in Fukushima Pref See in context

Running out of time to get the 'Game Saving' Vaccine....

One major trial halted due to side effect/ adverse reaction...

Enough Glass Vials and Refrigeration not ordered, no-one has thought of the actual logisitics of delivering 7 billion doses around the world.

...only reducing the size of the vehicle convoys, staff and pageantry of some of the events connected to the relay are under review as potential areas for cost cutting and streamlining the games.

Yamato Kuroneko or Sagawa Courier service might be the most cost-effective way of transporting the flame!

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Posted in: Suga, in Fukushima, vows to continue recovery efforts for 2011 disasters-hit areas See in context

Despite early misgivings, Suga has been quite active since he took over. Two his initiatives are On-Line Medicine and the Digital Reform. He knows who is who in domestic politics, and knows how to get thiings done. He may surprise everyone!

Nikkei Asian Review ran a profile piece on him last week - Caretaker or Changemaker?


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Posted in: 3 killed after their car rear-ends large truck in Hokkaido See in context

Saw the photo of the (Kei) car after the accident, the upper body was crushed. It must have been going at some speed to have been reduced to that size. The truck was unscathed, as you'd expect from a rear-end collision. A regular car would have at least had some crush zones to reduce the impact. RIP kids.

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