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Posted in: LDP, Komeito fail to win majority in Tokyo assembly election See in context

Good, a larger voter turnout, and a decisive thrashing of Suga and his lot would have been a better outcome.

But, I will gladly take this outcome any day of the week.

I hope that this will be a catalyst for big changes.

(Prolly not, though.)

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Posted in: Japan may get herd immunity for COVID-19 by mid-October: study See in context

If PM Suga and his lot had acted in February instead of June, Japan may have achieved this "herd immunity" by the start of the Olympics instead of October.

What a shame and what a waste!

When you are held unaccountable for your actions this is what you get, folks.

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

Fully vaccinated, 安心、安心!

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

It did not have to be this way.

If PM Suga, and his lot were not so arrogant and greedy. If they actually cared about Japan and the commitment it made when it accepted the Olympic bid, they would have followed the UK and the USA and started the vaccinations back in February.

It seems the delay was meant to make it as difficult as possible for Tokyo Mayor Koike to succeed and if the Olympics did occur that they would be the worst Olympics in recent memory.

It's a little sad that these 100 or so men can wield so much power and turn what should have been a joyous event into a national embarrassment.

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

Japan's terrifying conviction rate is on display.....

In what universe is a conviction rate of criminals "terrifying" ?

If you don't like Japan and their criminal justice system: then leave.

If you are not living here, in the words of VP Harris, "don't come."

Recently, Michael and Peter Taylor plead guilty to their role in the escape of Ghosn.

That is not "terrifying" but good, two criminals taking responsibility for their crime.

The reason the rest of Japanese society is "wonderful" is because of their criminal justice system.

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

All of those folks bashing the Japanese criminal justice system seem to forget one thing, that apparently Carlos Ghosn did not assert: "The right to remain silent."

There is a book written by a Japanese cop (now retired,) who worked the Japanese Red Army cases back in the 70's.

He wrote that for the majority of those domestic terrorists that were caught very few would ever say a word under interrogation. "They barely blinked. They would pick a spot on the wall and stare at it hours on end."

Eventually the cops would give up.

Ghosn probably was not disciplined enough, and did not have the guts or fortitude to remain silent under interrogation.

He did whine and complain a lot, though.

He was never denied representation by an attorney, just not during interrogations.

This has nothing to do with flaws in the Japanese criminal justice system, but more with the character, or lack of it, of Carlos Ghosn.

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

It appears Ghosn, family, and friends have created numerous accounts on this website to try and influence public opinion in his favour.

Please don't be fooled by those who bash the Japanese criminal justice system.

They are trolls for Ghosn, who will be a fugitive and not leave Lebanon for the rest of his life.

It serves him right, as he is a crook and a fugitive from justice.

(30 or more negative responses will prove my point.)

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Posted in: Doctors in euthanasia case indicted over another death 10 years ago See in context

ALS is a hideous disease and people should have the right to die on their terms. I would hate to have to witness a family member whither away from this.

Ethically these MD's probably thought they were doing the right thing and it does appear that their patients did give consent.

Their problem is that they left a money trail and charged hefty sums for these services.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

I used to be opposed, but since they have got the vaccine ball rolling now I am 100% in favor of having them. It could be the first step in recovery for the world.

I even have tickets (I hope they are still valid to the 2nd round of Women's football or soccer. I hope to be able to see the World Cup Champion US Women's team in action.

I am aiming for at least 30 minuses on this post, actually the more minuses and snarky comments the better.

Anything less than that, means that you Japan and pandemic "experts" are not doing your job.

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Posted in: 2 male police officers, one female officer reprimanded after sex in koban, station See in context

Here's a good idea!

Someone should go up to the Koshien Koban and say something like,

"We hear you guys are experts at romantic liaisons. Could you please give me directions to the nearest massage parlor."

and have someone film the whole skit.

I would love to see their reaction.

This would probably get a million hits on YouTube.

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Posted in: Other athletes support Osaka's decision to skip press conferences at French Open See in context

Good for her!

She is not only good at business, and tennis, she is not afraid to speak her mind and has a moral compass.

A great example for Japanese women.

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Posted in: Defiant Ghosn pins hopes on French probes to clear his name See in context

With thousands of people dying daily from Covid 19, we have better things to concern ourselves with than this crook, and fugitive from justice.

He's looking for a forum where he will not be cross-examined and also one where he can try to divine what the French authorities have on him by the questions they ask him.

The Dutch court saw through his lies, hopefully so will the French authorities.

He can't be arrested in Lebanon so it's a win win publicity stunt for this grande mentiroso.

I have my doubts as to whether a movie will be made about him. Who cares about him?

He really is yesterday's news.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, will you watch any of it on TV? See in context

Yeah, why not.

It comes only once every four years, I feel I owe it to the athletes who have worked hard to get here.

There are a lot of countries out there that I really like and hope to see do well.

And it beats a lot of the garbage that is on TV and streaming now.

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Posted in: Nearly 60% say Tokyo Olympics should be canceled: poll See in context

If the polls are correct and 60% of the folks here in Japan want cancellation they should seriously consider cancelling the games.

If the Suga Administration had rolled up their sleeves back in January or February, gotten serious, and gotten to work on the vaccinations and started vaccinating at the pace they have done in Israel, the UK, and the US the Olympics maybe could have been held. Over Probably, 50% of the population would have been vaccinated by now, and people would have been a lot more optimistic.

But, they didn't. 

I do not think their inaction was deliberate, nor that they were looking for some type of pecuniary gain as some have suggested. They just seemed to really not care.

You can bet if their sons, daughters, or grandchildren were participating in the Olympics things would have been different.

Hopefully the public will remember this come election time and vote these people out of office.

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Posted in: Are Japan and the IOC past the point of no return for canceling the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

If the polls are correct and 60% of the folks here in Japan want cancellation they should seriously consider cancelling the games.

If the Suga Administration had rolled up their sleeves back in January or February, gotten serious, and gotten to work on the vaccinations in a realistic way and started vaccinating at the pace they have done in Israel, the UK, and the US the Olympics could have been held. Over 50% of the population would have been vaccinated by now, and people would have been a lot more optimistic.

But, they didn't.

I do not think their inaction was deliberate, nor that they were looking for some type of pecuniary gain as some have suggested. They just seemed to really not care.

You can bet if their sons or daughters, or grandchildren were participating in the Olympics things would have been different.

Hopefully the public will remember this come election time and vote these guys out of office.

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Posted in: Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Okinawa See in context

I can understand the "impulse" temptation to have one during work, but please use some common sense. Excuse yourself and go the bathroom where you can hide these "impulses " from your students.

10% payout for 3 months will turn out to be an expensive drink.

Not sure how much an elementary school teacher would make but just guessing monthly pay at Y300,000 x 10%= Y30,000 X 3 months= Y900,000 or around $1000. USD

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

Our Chinese friends are not without a sense of humor!

Perfect suggestion to this big Aso.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, who do you think would be a good choice to light the Olympic flame? See in context

Hideki ...........!    感激!

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Posted in: Restaurant chain operator sues Tokyo gov't over COVID opening hour restrictions See in context

Allowing "Mizu Shobai" places to open and then having them close as 9:00PM seems a bit arbitrary and capricious.

It seems like the lawmakers were sitting around a table and someone suggested, "Having these places open all night, might not look right. What do you guys think ?"

"Good idea. Let's have them close early"

"How about 9:00PM"

"Perfect, 10:00 might appear to be too late, 8:00 is too early......."

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Posted in: Japan receives 6th batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine See in context

I hate to complain about those in charge, who seem to be trying to do the right thing, but they do seem awful slow in getting folks vaccinated.

From what I have read, they seem to be very strict on who can do the jabbing. I wish they would allow retired medical professionals, pharmacists, med students and the medical personnel from the SDF administer the vaccines.

The strict adherence to guidelines does seem to be the Japanese way of doing things, but I wish they would make an exception just once when people's lives are at stake.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

I forgot to add that a co-worker recently visited Taiwan on vacation in the above post.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

Taiwan has been doing the same since the beginning of the pandemic and have had only 10 pandemic-related deaths with only 1004 reported cases. Of the 1004 cases, 959 have recovered.

Only those with a Taiwanese passport or those who have received special permission are allowed in the country. Upon arrival one must sign a form giving permission to the government health officials to install apps on their cell phone that will allow the health officials to monitor their location.

A 14- day quarantine at her residence was required. She received daily calls, and two in-person visits to her home from the health department during the 14 days.

After the 14 days she was free to move around.

People lie and cheat. The tracing apps are a minor inconvenience that keeps people honest. If you don't like it don't come to Japan.

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Posted in: 16-year prison term upheld for man over fatal abuse of daughter See in context

The Mom, I believe, has completed her sentence.

Hopefully some sort of punishment is meted out to this man in prison by the other inmates and the guards look the other way.

He reportedly has anger issues, let him lose his temper against a man his own size for once.

Also, It would be nice to see the some sort of punishment given to the school board especially to her 担任先生、 the teacher who not only ignored her pleas for help, but betrayed her trust by showing the "Cries for Help Letter" to her step-father, whose actions upon seeing the letter resulted in her death.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

ThonTaddeoMar. 3  08:53 am JST

The Taylors have been in jail in Boston since May; that's almost 10 months already. Will this period count toward their sentence in Japan if they are convicted?

It should. That is usually the case in the United States.

Since the defendants were detained at the request of the Japanese prosecutors it probably will, but who knows for sure.

If you can read Japanese you may be able to find an answer in 六法全書、刑事法。

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

Family Guy is racist, especially toward Asians, and for some unknown reason, Koreans. Fox knows better than to anger Blacks, but Asians still seem to be a target for their racism.

Family Guy gets away with it because, sans the racism, it is pretty funny.

There is probably a little Peter Griffin in all of us.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

I cannot believe the incompetence of these men. I had thought that Mr. Kono was a cut above the rest, being educated abroad and seemingly a man with a proper dose of common sense.

Sadly I was mistaken.

If the Japanese people were not as sensible and smart as they are regarding safety the death toll would be a lot higher than it is with these guys in charge.

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Posted in: Hashimoto will not give Mori any official Tokyo Olympics role See in context

Mr. Mori's services are really not wanted at this time, he has contributed enough already.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

I actually felt sorry for him for a minute when I read the headline.

But, then I thought of all of the women in Japan who are humiliated during their lives and made to think less of themselves by people who think, speak, and act like Mr. Mori.

Then I thought of all of the women whose lives and careers are ruined by people like Mr. Mori.

Then I though of the little girls who give up on their dreams, or who won't dream big because of people like Mr. Mori.

Glad he's gone.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

I wish one of the reporters would ask Mori if the reason the meetings seem so long is because he is so old.

And then watch his reaction.

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Posted in: S Korea drops description of Japan as 'partner' in defense white paper See in context

Does anyone really care ?

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