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Posted in: China says second Canadian being investigated for harming state security See in context

Why am I not surprised? China plays by cold war era rules, you take one of ours, we will take yours.

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Posted in: France plans Renault CEO search as board members disagree over Ghosn See in context

How much does anyone want to bet that IF Renault removes Ghosen as CEO, he will "suddenly" find himself out of detention and on bail.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to have new foreign workers focus on regional areas See in context

At the same time, it will also set industry-specific rules, they said. As an example, home-visit care will be excluded from the services that foreign care-givers at nursing homes will be allowed to provide.

Right, don't trust the foreigners right off the bat, under the guise of "communication problems". Don't want to give them the opportunity to interact directly with too many locals!

Some might get married and end up staying!

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Posted in: Gov't aims to have new foreign workers focus on regional areas See in context

It also requires employers not to discriminate between Japanese and foreign workers in terms of pay, and calls for them to provide various support measures, such as holding orientation sessions, providing transportation upon arrival and departure, and assisting with language learning.

Right, I will believe it when I see it! Just how many previously quit their jobs because of discrimination and being under paid?

Unscrupulous business owners will find ways to avoid this, "hidden" charges, like room and boarding, "language training" and all sorts of others, will be used to use and abuse these foreigners!

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Posted in: Town in Niseko ski resort area to tax lodgers See in context

The small lodging tax complainers here must never come to Florida.Orlando has a 6% resort tax on top of the state sales tax.

Why are you complaining? Florida is the only state east of the Mississippi that doesn't have a state income tax, so the sales tax covers the state services instead!

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Posted in: Town in Niseko ski resort area to tax lodgers See in context

so bascially a tax on top of another tax, so itll be 10% now and 12% in Oct 2019. let the lodgers stay where their money get the best value for money, many more ski resorts than just Niseko

Not actually, as the 2% is for lodging only. The consumption tax is on everything purchased. Not to mention that while it was also mentioned in another response, this is not an uncommon practice either.

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Posted in: Five foreigners arrested in Bali drug sweep See in context

They should not allowed to execute Foreign Nationals. Deport them instead to face justice within their own Countries.

What you suggest opens a Pandora's box of trouble that no one literally wants to think about. What you are suggesting is the same as Japan "warning" it's citizens that if it ingests any marijuana while in Canada, where it is legal, they could be prosecuted back here in Japan because it is illegal here.

Why start with the death sentence? What about driving laws? Any laws broken that they are incarcerated?

Different countries have different laws of course, but being ignorant or not, is not a defense, and it is far too widely known that Indonesia has the death penalty for drugs, you make the attempt you get caught, you face the music!

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Posted in: Don't contact our board members, Renault tells Nissan See in context

Renault wants it from the legal team representing NISSAN. If I sent an errand boy he may say anything to get his end done, and that would be untruthful, however if its coming out of the mouths of the legal team then that's the way it better sound during trial.

Have to go all the way to the end of the article to get the answer.

French daily Les Echos first reported that Nissan communicated a 400-page dossier on Ghosn's alleged misconduct to Renault via lawyers. The French finance ministry declined to comment.

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Posted in: 9 more med schools involved in misconduct after another admits exam rigging See in context

No problem! They are all private medical schools.

Not all are private, and like any other university here in Japan, they receive funding from the national government to survive, so there is a HUGE problem if they have unethical or illegal entrance practices.

People have lost their careers for trying to get their son's or daughters into universities here using a "backdoor" envelope full of cash!

They should decline subsidies from the government.

The can't because then they wouldnt exist, and there should be no comparison to US schools, many of which depend upon corporate donations to survive, here there is no such cooperation and ALL universities NEED the government funding or they will be forced to close!

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Posted in: MSDF punishes senior official who paid for sex with 30 minors See in context

The MSDF also said it dismissed a petty officer belonging to the Maritime Staff Office for stealing 10,000 yen in cash from each of two colleagues around July this year. He is set to be referred to prosecutors.

The difference between "an officer" and "enlisted". How funny (not) justice is handed out when you have an "education" or not! One a petty theft crime, the other, a crime of statutory rape!

Should be the opposite, but that's not how the world works here!

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 10-year-term for ex-MtGox bitcoin chief Karpeles See in context

The French national -- who cannot leave Japan as a condition of his bail -- was originally arrested in August 2015.

Funny, a guy that is on trial for allegedly scamming literally hundreds of millions of dollars from investors gets bail and another one that allegedly "under-reported" income from his corporation sits in detention because he is considered a flight risk. Go figure!

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Posted in: 9 more med schools involved in misconduct after another admits exam rigging See in context

Another one. Jesus, maybe they should report on just the schools that haven't rigged their tests. Get this never ending scandal done with.

Problem is that this is the "season" where HS kids are burning the midnight oil for the dreaded "center test" in mid-January. Those test scores, and their applications, will "make or break" them on getting into medical school's or any universities of note here.

This probe SHOULD be thoroughly done, and schools that are "clean" should be noted as well!

Hence my previous comment about naming a school, outright, even though it hasnt been found guilty of anything. People will think it's guilty by association just because it was openly named and all the others were not.

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Posted in: 9 more med schools involved in misconduct after another admits exam rigging See in context

Eight universities have already revealed misconduct on their own and St. Marianna University School of Medicine said Wednesday that while it is under the ministry's probe it has not committed any misconduct.

Is this writer of this article trying to infer that St. Marianna is truly in fact guilty of misconduct?

Otherwise why add this information about this particular school and not name outright any other schools that are "under the ministry's probe", There are 81 involved in the probe, so why identify this one alone as saying it did nothing wrong. Are the other's in the 81 ALL guilty?

If they are in fact "clean" the inference or attempt to connect it to other school's that are in fact guilty is rather slanderous in my opinion!

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Posted in: Don't contact our board members, Renault tells Nissan See in context

Under French government pressure, Ghosn had been exploring a deeper tie-up or even a full merger between Renault and Nissan, despite strong reservations at the Japanese car maker.

Nissan is 43.4 percent owned by Renault. While almost 60 percent bigger by sales, it remains the junior partner in their shareholding hierarchy with a smaller reciprocal 15 percent non-voting stake in the French firm. Renault’s biggest shareholder is the French state with 15 percent.

This is what burns the folks at Nissan who obviously, due to their long history here in Japan, HATE! There is no way they are going to let Renault take over Nissan, and they will do anything to prevent it from happening, as witnessed by what they did with Ghosen.

They would rather the company die than be embarrassed into be taken over or merged with ANY foreign company that would have control!

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Posted in: Ninjas 'sneak' into Abe's office to ask for tourism promotion See in context

Surprised "Super Mario" didn't make a showing!

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Posted in: Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison; blames 'blind loyalty' See in context

I felt it was my duty to cover up his own dirty deeds," Cohen added.

Right, you are just saying this because you got nailed! Somehow I get the feeling that this is just the beginning and the first domino to fall!

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Posted in: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached; defends payments to women See in context

No doubt the democrats will keep trying until they find the right technicality to begin the impeachment process. Partisan politics and polarization at its "best".

Rewind the tape to the Clinton era and replace the word "democrats" with "republicans" and we just have wash-rinse-repeat, politics as usual in Washington. The only difference being a president who fights back at every slight.

Only some with little or no self-confidence finds the need to respond to every little slight! (Talking about Trump here!)

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Posted in: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached; defends payments to women See in context

"It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.

Yeah well, what do you expect someone who is going to claim mental deficiency as a defense!

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel to trial newly-developed wooden straws, ban plastic See in context

Oh, and, paper straws are wax coated, just to clear up the petty argument above.

Not all


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Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn's appeal to end detention See in context


You were not aressted for jaywalking, you were detained and more than likely given a ticket and fined.

If you were aressted you would have had a trial.

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Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn's appeal to end detention See in context

Asked about criticism that Japanese prosecutors often try to force confessions from suspects, deputy prosecutor at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, Shin Kukimoto, has said no such method was being used with Ghosn and Kelly.

Which means that they are confirming that in other cases they do in fact use this type of interrogation to coerce other people detained for whatever reason.

They just haven't gotten around to it yet I'll bet!

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Posted in: Panel proposes mass evacuation of coastal areas if mega quake hits See in context

How in the world is the government going to safely see the evacuation of what, roughly 40 million people, which includes Tokyo?

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Posted in: Former Canadian diplomat detained in China See in context

Now all of you knew this was going to happen. I hope no one is shocked by this news.

China plays the game by their rules, just like the Soviets did during the cold war. You touch one of ours, and we will take a few of yours.

I am just surprised China only detained one Canadian, and I wont be surprised if they take a few American's as well!

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Posted in: In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats argue about border wall See in context

I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country," he said before reporters left their ringside seats.

Yeah, right, there are plenty of criminals and people with lots of problems who are already here! Take a look in the mirror Mr President!

I would love to find a way to shut him down, for the sake of the country and my ears!

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel to trial newly-developed wooden straws, ban plastic See in context

Although the wooden straws cost as much as several dozen yen each, as compared to plastic straws which cost just 1 yen, they aim to lower the cost by expanding their use.

Several dozen yen each? Come on, can't you do better than that?

Straws can be made out of less invasive materials and dont need to cost an arm and a leg either! This is just another gimmicky item here that will allow the hotel chain to charge more for a drink under the guise of "saving the environment"!

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Posted in: Exploitation, overwork a scourge in seedy world of 'chika idols' See in context

Slave labor and slave masters preying upon the dreams of young women and girls! The culture of Japan allows this to keep going on, and mainstream media needs to focus on this dark side of the culture here to have any real chance of it getting any better!

Problem is that the public eats it up too, and conveniently overlooks the hardships these and other would be entertainers go through!

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Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn's appeal to end detention See in context

Ghosn's arrest marks a dramatic fall for a leader once hailed for rescuing Nissan from the brink of bankruptcy.

This is based upon allegations and what the media has been putting out. He hasn't "fallen" just yet!

Give him his day in court before hanging him!

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Posted in: Japan to offer free rubella vaccinations to combat outbreak See in context

 I just dropped 10,000 JPY on a MR vaccine last week.

Can I assume you meant MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)? They are given all at the same time here, typically speaking anyway, and they are not cheap either, considering that vaccinations are usually free, or low cost with insurance.

The government created this problem by taking Rubella off the list of mandatory vaccinations and look what happened!

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Posted in: U.S. military declares five missing Marines dead after crash off Japan's coast See in context

What is it with some Japanese, who never miss a chance to bash the US military, and make inflammatory statements based on their bias more than fact?

Never safe to assume that someone here, even with a Japanese "sounding" handle is actually Japanese. Particularly when their English is THAT damn good!

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