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    Badge213, In this case he was attempting to fly to Izu Oshima.

    Yes, it is theorized that he loaded on excess amount of fuel (5 times the actual amount needed for such a flight) because he planned on making a round tour of the island for the passengers to take photographs etc.

    Posted in: Engine trouble, excess weight suspected in Tokyo plane crash

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    I'm speaking about the affect of police movies and dramas in general known as the "CSI Effect" named after the old tv show which I never liked watching. It means that the general public has an incorrect perception of what or how forensic research really is like. Yes I have checked, like I said the FBI uses a 14 point fingerprint match, the Japanese police use a 12 point match, the fingerprints found in Hachioji were partial (not full prints) that only gave an 8 point match, which might not stand in court if the person were still alive.

    Posted in: Still no resolution to 1995 Hachioji supermarket triple murder case

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    In the US, the FBI uses a 14 point match system for fingerprints, an 8 point match is almost half that amount. The fingerprint at the Hachioji scene was a partial print left on tape.

    Real world police isn't like what you see on CSI where someone scans a fingerprint and within a few seconds a database shows the persons image and exact address. Call this the "CSI effect" (Wikipedia it if you don't know) for some posters.

    Posted in: Still no resolution to 1995 Hachioji supermarket triple murder case

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    That's odd. I know someone who is booked on a commercial flight from Chofu to Oshima for summer hols.

    Commercial flights are fine. "Leisure flight" in this case is when pilots take paying passengers on flights over the city for photographs etc rather than flying them from point A to point B as a means of transportation.

    Posted in: Engine trouble, excess weight suspected in Tokyo plane crash

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    In Washington DC for the DC metro, there are signs at the escalators that tell folks (Stand on right, walk on left, like Osaka).

    In Yokohama, they tried a few years ago to make escalators all standing only (not sure what came of it).

    What bugs me more about escalators in Japan, is that you often either have an all up escalator or an all down escalator, but sometimes not both (an up or down one). Or some stations, an escalators that is literally 4 steps.

    Posted in: Consumer Affairs Agency urges people not to walk on escalators

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    @toshiko: It is not mandatory in USA. My four daughters have never served in military in USA They were born in earlu 60's.

    I said mandatory military service OR registration for military service. In the USA, all males (citizens and immigrants) between the age of 18-25 must register **by LAW ** for the Selective Service System (SSS), which is a database of all eligible males subject to military conscription (aka "the draft") failure to register could result in jail time and other punishments, such as being ineligible for loans, jobs etc.

    The point I am saying is, Japan has no major incentives and many young Japanese are not willing to join the self defense forces. Unlike the USA, where a bulk of those joining the military are looking at the military for the various benefits they offer, especially the educational aspects, enlisted personnel for example if they serve and are honorably discharged are eligible for the GI Bill which essentially the government will pay for their college tuition. Immigrants serving honorable in the military have a fast track to citizenship is another example.

    Since there are no major incentives for people to join the SDF, nor any major will to do so, Abe would still be tied with the limited resources in man power the SDF can supply.

    Posted in: Q&A: The ruckus over Japan's military legislation

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    Here's a point not many people talk about. Lets for the sake of it, says everything passes the diet and there is so called collective self-defense and the JSDF is allowed to do the items mentioned.

    The SDF itself is a civil service job, technically not a military one, one can resign, there is no military court of justice like the US military or other militaries have. In addition, military service or registration for military service is not mandatory in Japan and I doubt it will ever be. There is no major incentives to joining the SDF as there might be found in the US. The SDF would still be pretty much limited in it's operations due to manpower shortage and the more outrage, fewer people are less likely to join the SDF.

    Posted in: Q&A: The ruckus over Japan's military legislation

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    Delta doesn:t have rights to fly domestic routes unless it creates a subsidary company which would be Japanese owned. Any case 20% investment woudn:t mean Delta cabin attendants, it is an investment, the staff would still be Skymark.

    Posted in: Delta joins bid to rescue bankrupt airline Skymark

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    No, she admitted that she was not prescribed medicine, her dad sent them to her. Her dad and she should be facing US Federal charges, since it is illegal to send oxycodone through the US mail.

    Any case, she has resigned, she has no job, her status of residency (aka visa is tied to her job) and it is unlikely that some other company is going to hire her in Japan. Soon she'll be gone and this news will be soon forgotten.

    Posted in: American Toyota exec released without charges

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    Probably a special arraignment here. She quits Toyota, leaves the country and after a bit everyone forgets. Keep in the news, with a trial etc, Toyota's name is damaged even more.

    Posted in: Arrested American Toyota exec to be released

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    All this story shows if you are rich and a woman you can get off, but if are a male you go to jail. JT has been silent on the recent news of an American man in Japan.sentenced for almost the exact crime.

    Posted in: Arrested American Toyota exec to be released

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    It is really a "status of residency" card. Status of Residency what we all have, often incorrectly referred to as a "visa". No more stamps in passport either.

    Immigration didn't want local city guys issuing foreign residents cards, local government vs national government. There have been trade offs, ofcourse all of this discussed 3 years ago....

    Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards

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    Yeah, but you never have to go get another re-entry permit or pay for re-entry permits again unless you plan to be out of Japan for longer than one year. You do not have to go to the city office after you update your visa again either.

    Old system: Need re-entry permit- go to immigration and pay 3000-6000yen Updated "visa" - go to immigration AND THEN go to your local city office to update alien registration card The old card included, school, work information, work location etc on it, the new card does not At the local level, separate residency records at the local city office for foreigners and Japanese.

    Current system: No need to get a re-entry permit (or pay for one) for trips under one year Update "visa" - to go immigration only, no need to stop at city office, since new cards are issued at immigration At the local level, one residency record (both Japanese and foreigners combined into one record), under the old system, was a pain, especially if you were married

    There was like a 2 year notice before the change in 2012, plus 3 years after, almost 5 years

    If there are only about 50,000 foreign residents who have not transitioned or do not have a new card, out of roughly 2million foreign residents of Japan, so this news story only affects only 2.4% of foreign residents.

    Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards

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    Renewal of the old Alien Registration at the local yakuba was a 10-minute affair; I could drop in while walking the dog, or shopping. The new 'improved' Residence Card involves a trip to the Immigration - one hour each way on the train, plus a bus ride or a long walk, plus an hour's wait because the place is always crowded. A day off work, plus out-of-pocket expenses. - See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/wednesday-deadline-for-foreign-nationals-to-get-resident-cards#sthash.LdCN9mOk.dpuf

    Yes, but the next time you have to extend your status of residency (often incorrectly referred to as Visa Renewal) you only need to go to immigration. Under the old Alien Registration Card system, you first go to immigration, update your residency status, then you had to go to the city office to get an updated alien registration card, under the new system you only have to go to one place.

    Any case, I'm surprised there are still some left-overs 3 years after the change over, the post office stopped accepting the old cards.

    For those living in Tokyo, avoid Shinagawa, go to alternate places like Tachikawa if you are in western Tokyo. You do not exclusively have to use the Shinagawa office, that place is a mess. Thankfully my parts of Tokyo I can use the two other immigration offices.

    Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards

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    Japan might do the same thing, but two wrongs don't make a right does it? Fix one, then fix the other.

    Posted in: Japan takes Brazil to WTO over taxes it says favor local firms

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    Bomb/explosive sniffing dogs, are don't get in the way, they use em in the US. Random searches, rather than 100% airport style screening wouldn't be bad either.

    Posted in: Transport ministry, train operators discuss security measures

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    actually do not understand why there is no screening of carry on luggage at arrival, it would just require to have one of those xray scanners at the emigration desk and will make certain nobody is importing illegal weapon in the country.

    Immigration lines are large already, having to essentially re-screen everyone as they enter Japan will just add more time and misery to a trip. Not withstanding, that's assuming they have it in their bag and not their body, unless you are suggesting, they install scanners to check people as they come in as well.

    Any case, here's another point, HE WAS ON A PLANE GOING TO JAPAN WITH A LOADED GUN. How about the security in Thailand?

    Posted in: Ex-Bangkok police chief arrested for gun possession at Narita airport

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    What is not noted in this article about the teacher who was arrested and deported a few months ago, was that she was coming in from Korea and she too also attempted to hide the drug, that and this is simply no case of misunderstanding or accident, both cases appear to be deliberate attempts to circumvent the law.

    Posted in: Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested

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    Carrying it in her bag by accident, understandable, mailing it to herself seems like she was trying to get around the law. Just like a few months ago when that other American was arrested for trying to get stuff mailed to her,in that case, she put the drugs in another container.

    Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation

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    If tax is taken out of salaries to pay for National Health, then it is wrong to say that "no-one has a need to pay", as the workers are paying it with the tax being taken out of their salaries.

    Any case, in Japan if you are a full time employee, a portion of your salary already goes to pay for your shakai hoken which includes pension. Independent folks, part-timers, etc are on the National system.

    Posted in: Gov't looking at ways to make Japan's healthcare system more effective

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