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Posted in: Japanese man sets himself on fire in apparent protest at Abe's state funeral See in context

Very little reporting on this incident in the Japanese media - nothing on NHK.

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Posted in: The Japanese government plans to launch a nationwide travel discount program in October to support the hotel, restaurant and transportation industries hard hit by the pandemic. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Make 'GoTo Trouble' completely open, not just to selected large organisations and companies, and simplify the paperwork and processing. It's the small places that need help that don't benefit from these programmes.

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Posted in: Ex-JOC chief Takeda questioned over Tokyo Olympics corruption case See in context

Expect a suspended sentence, and a stadium full of 'sorrimasens' if this ever goes to trial; if they manage to find any real evidence, and if they manage to get a conviction.

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Posted in: Gov't to request energy-saving measures in winter over power crunch concerns See in context

Many houses now run on LED lighting, very low power consumption, and only on when people are present.

But walking outside in the town centres, shops, banks, stations, and office spaces, there are a large number of digital signage screens, 40" and larger, continually on and in your face, advertising products and services which consume quite a lot of power and generate heat.

Include them in the reduce or switch off list!

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Posted in: Japan is hard on gifted children See in context

Some schools used to practice streaming whereby the academically gifted kids were put together in one classroom, and the less academically kids in another. It worked well for years, and allowed for slow developers to transfer later. Now abilities are disregarded and they are all piled in together, and get bored and frustrated, as the less academically gifted take up most of the teachers' time.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral; Kishida will go to New York See in context

Prince Phillip attended Hirohito's funeral (Showa Emperor), representing his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. The queen, who did not attend the funerals of heads of state, acted on the advice of government ministers on such issues as sending representatives. His attendance was met with protests from WW2 veterans and politicians in the UK.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori questioned over Tokyo Olympics corruption See in context

He can really claim, "I have no recollection of this..."

There was also a payment of US$1.3 million to a non-profit institute (!) run by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, the current head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, as first reported by Japanese media.

Closed down after getting the money...very profitable!

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Posted in: North Korea passes law allowing for nuclear first strike See in context

A bit like turkeys voting for Christmas!

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Posted in: After a lifetime of preparation, Charles takes the throne See in context

Queen Elizabeth will be a very tough act to follow. She held the Royal Family together, and was respected.

Let's hope that there are no more revelations of bags of cash being give to his charities in exchange for honours and citizenship, he had a shaky start to the year.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church See in context

By the time the funeral is over, it will be more than 85% have ties, known or unknown, with 15% holding their breath...

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

Privileged politician's, earning on average more than ¥1,500,000 each month plus donations and other income, think that a single donation of ¥50,000 is a meaningful amount to help a family.

So out of touch.

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Posted in: Liz Truss vows tax cuts after winning vote to be next British PM See in context

Politician's Electoral Promises are just like 'your cheque is in the post' messages.

Will be forgotten or denied within hours.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

Many of the kindergartens have trouble recruiting drivers, who are paid minimum wages to pick up kids in the morning, and return kids in the afternoon, have the middle of the day off (unpaid) but can't find another job for those 2-4 hours, and are sometimes expected to help with cleaning and other tasks. It's usually only older people who can afford to do this. Turnover is high.

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Posted in: Digital minister Kono asks gov't to stop using floppy disks See in context

Interestingly, there are still a couple of professional lighting desks, sold today and used in concerts and events, that rely on 3.5" Floppy Disks to store their settings.

That would puzzle even the former deputy minister for cybersecurity, who did not know what a USB memory stick was, and had never used a computer in his life.

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Posted in: Robot that stocks drinks is newest thing at FamilyMart in Japan See in context

Robots don't pay taxes, buy clothes, buy food, go to entertainment places, travel, socialise, or do any other things that sustain and contribute to local communities.

They also rely on humans to make them, plug them in, programme them, maintain them and make them work.

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Posted in: Kishida wants to increase number of foreigners studying in Japan See in context

Reading between the lines - cheap student labour for a few years to help struggling businesses.

...hope that an increasing number of those foreign students will remain in Japan as working adults after finishing their study programs...

Will depend on their experience as a student, and how welcome they'll be in the communities that they decide to live within.

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Posted in: Venus Williams, Raducanu, Osaka all out in U.S. Open 1st round; Nadal wins See in context

Emma Radacanu had better stop playing with earrings and jewelery, photoshoots and sponsor parties, and start doing some hard labour to toughen her hands up, otherwise she'll not win again. Blisters on her hand have been the excuse for the last three losses.

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Posted in: Kyocera, KDDI founder Kazuo Inamori dies at 90 See in context

He had a very strong Buddhist philosophy, and his focus away from 'Shareholder Value' on to 'Employee Happiness' infuriated many corporate leaders and financiers, who felt he should give the maximum returns to shareholders, possibly to the detriment of the company and employees, while he felt 'happy employees' led to a better and more profitable company in the long-term.

Interestingly, when he took over at JAL, he did it without a salary.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant town lifts evacuation order after 11 years See in context

"...the steps and scope of decontamination, as well as how to treat the homes and land of those who do not wish to return, have not been worked out."

They have had more than 10 years to consider it...

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Posted in: As Japanese manufacturing fades, a factory town fights to stay alive See in context

The large manufacturers have always treated the smaller manufacturers badly, unlike members of their keiretsu or trading group. When times are busy, they pressure them with tight delivery schedules, when times are quiet, they dump them. No loyalty, just the bottom line.

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Posted in: Japan looks to simplify COVID survey, deal with it like seasonal flu See in context

Just fudging the numbers, to make everything seem ok.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral to cost ¥250 million See in context

A no-fly zone is useless. An assassin is not going to shoot from a passing plane!

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Posted in: Train driver’s locked tablet with forgotten password leads to big delay on Fukushima line See in context

An A380 or Boeing 777 uses a single pad/ tablet for all of its tasks flying around the world, landing and taxiing; why do JR need multiple pads to drive a train, a much less complex piece of machinery.

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Posted in: IPC chief says Tokyo Paralympics were inclusion game-changer for Japan See in context

If it wasn't for the current revelations about Aoki, Dentsu and some very dubious bank transfers, the Olympics would not be discussed or even remembered today. The Paralympics, even further down the memory scale.

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Posted in: Japan signals return to nuclear power to stabilize energy supply See in context

After all of the mistakes, accidents, cover-ups, bribery, falsifications of data, deletions of video, and other sheenanigans that the Power Utilities, Nuclear Power Plant Manufacturers, Regulatory Authorities, National and Local Governments, and other members of the 'Nuclear Village' have carried out since 1966; a 100% independent nuclear watchdog is required, if the public are to have any trust in nuclear power.

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Posted in: Meghan Markle hosts Serena Williams as podcast launches See in context

It was me me me me meghan.... Serena did not get a mention until 11 minutes and 7 seconds.

Next up, my best friend Mariah Carey!

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Posted in: Japan grants refugee status to 98 Afghans fleeing Taliban See in context

These are the privileged, educated Afghanis, who were working at the Japan Embassy, possibly facing reprisals for collaboration, and already knew something of Japan culture and food. They stand a reasonable chance of succeeding and integrating into Japan, unlike a poppy farmer from the Helmand region, also targeted by the Taliban.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't spokesman calls for officials to review ties with Unification Church See in context

Rule Number One of Japanese Politics - Don't get Caught!

Reading between the lines - hide/ obfuscate/ disguise them!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic sponsor in bribery case made multiple demands to exec See in context

In a number of countries, if a businessman cannot make money out of a deal, they are regarded as a poor businessman. They don't call it bribery, but describe it as marketing cost, consulting fee, research funding, development budget, planning costs, etc.. Japan is no different, but here it is tax-payers' money that is being used.

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Posted in: N Korean leader's sister tells S Korean president to 'shut his mouth' after offer of aid See in context

A class act...not.

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