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    SumoBob

    What an incredible non-announcement by the national government. The title of the article should read:

    "Government to Set Up a New Amakudari Agency With No Powers to Regulate the Energy Industry. Business as Usual, Move Along, Move Along..."

    Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to reform power sector

  • 0

    SumoBob

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that he had resisted, but in the end accepted Nishikawa's resignation.

    Geez, it I had 10 yen for every time a prime minister said this tatamae line I could retire by now.

    Posted in: Agriculture minister resigns amid political funds questions

  • 0

    SumoBob

    Kakuhido chairman Mark Waters told AFP. "Society is addicted to capitalism. People are profiting from it and we are here today to demonstrate our resistance to the love capitalists."

    I guess being a charisma man doesn't have as much mileage as it once did.

    Posted in: Killjoys demand end to Valentine's Day

  • 0

    SumoBob

    "The semi-autonomous locality has 217,000 residents, including nearly 10,000 foreigners." How is that even remotely relevant?

    @lucabrasi:

    It isn't, unless you think like a Japanese bureaucrat or conservative politician. "'Obviously' some foreigners living in Shibuya must be gay, and since both 'gay'(sic) and 'human rights' are foreign imports it's important to note the amount of foreign influence in the area that may have contributed to this decision. It can be said that kokusaika is desirable only when it conforms to social norms and doesn't cause meiwaku."

    Posted in: Shibuya to issue Japan's first gay partnership certificate

  • 0

    SumoBob

    A similar simulation is conducted each year at alternating zoos across Tokyo to remind staff members what to do in the event of a real animal escape. "In the event of a big earthquake, a tree could fall on a cage, or many other things could occur that may lead to an animal escape," said zoo director Yutaka Fukuda. "We think it is very important, and it is our responsibility to carry it out with seriousness."

    Sounds like the Ueno zoo story during the War all over again. In preparation for the likelihood of allied bombing of Tokyo, the kempeitai ordered the zoo to kill dozens of animals (by means of strangulation shooting and starvation) in order to protect people from escaping animals in the event of bombs landing in the zoo. Oddly, the likelihood that any animal cage being hit by bomb would almost certainly kill the animal in question did not seem to enter their minds.

    Posted in: Tokyo zoo stages fake snow leopard escape

  • 0

    SumoBob

    "Hmm.... The sensors are telling us that the staff aren't happy. Let's mandate a few after work meetings to get input from everybody on how to solve this dilemma."

    Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office

  • 5

    SumoBob

    Teachers will be tasked with encouraging students to think for themselves rather than just giving their opinions.

    Perhaps it's just a bad translation, but why on earth do they think that these two items are somehow mutually exclusive of each other.

    Posted in: Gov't releases guidelines for moral education

  • 0

    SumoBob

    A certain manufacturer in Berlin was the source to appeal to. It had what was required, but there was one problem: the device had not been approved for use in Japan, though in wide use overseas. Japan's notorious laggardness with respect to approving new medical products has spawned a neologism - "device lag." Actually, as Shukan Post (Feb 6) tells the story, the government's foot-dragging in his case is not entirely groundless. The operation involved is risky, with a 20% failure rate.

    For anyone who has lived in Japan for any length of time will know the reason why the artificial heart was not approved for the Japanese market; because no Japanese medical manufacturer has yet come up with a domestic model so that they don't have to import foreign companies' products and lose market share. In the meantime, children unnecessarily die.

    And 20% failure rate? Another way of saying that would be 80% success rate. For an infant who will die anyway an 80% chance of survival could in no way be considered "risky" except by those in the medical community here who have vested interests and making sure they control the market.

    Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter

  • 8

    SumoBob

    So in other words, very little will be done. First off, we have yet another new government agency that will "oversee" this problem. In other words, some ex-MITI bureaucrat will get himself a nice cushy amakudari job. The number of companies that can exploit these workers will increase from previously and contracts will be extended, which will benefit the employer more than the employee.

    Finally we have this:

    To deal with cases of abuse, the agency will examine contracts between employers and agencies that arrange for foreign trainees to come to Japan. If violations are found, the agency will face the loss of its license.

    So this new agency will examine the "contract" of a worker complaining of doing 40 hours over the extra overtime a week. But as everyone can see, the "contract" clearly states the worker shall only work a maximum of 35 hours a week. So since the "contract" is within legal guidelines it's "Nothing to see here, move along."

    Posted in: Gov't to tighten controls on foreign trainee program

  • -4

    SumoBob

    By last Friday morning, with just hours remaining before the ransom deadline, officials had not established contact with Islamic State captors and did not know where the Japanese were being held, a senior official said.

    It's obvious the government is more than a bit out of it's element. Perhaps the ineptitude is due to government officials attempting to negotiate assistance from gaikokujin while trying to locate their citizens in "gaikoku" that has led to the lack of a focused effort.

    Posted in: Hostage crisis trips up Japan as it seeks global security role

  • 7

    SumoBob

    Best faceist 2015!

    Posted in: The Zawachin look

  • 1

    SumoBob

    Certainly a lack of exercise is going to lead to statistics such as this, as is stress both personal and in the home. But I wonder if the government bother to check on whether the fact that so many Fukushima residents are still living in temporary homes four years on, many unemployed and still paying off mortgages on homes that no longer exist. Poor families have little choice in what types of food they can purchase, and cheap food often means starchy, unhealthy food items which will lead to weight gain.

    Posted in: No. of overweight children in Fukushima on the rise

  • 4

    SumoBob

    @Star-Viking

    TEPCO was warned 20 years earlier in 1990. Nothing was done.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-16/japan-s-reactor-risk-foretold-20-years-ago-in-u-s-nuclear-agency-s-report.html

    Posted in: Prosecutors won't indict former TEPCO execs over Fukushima

  • 0

    SumoBob

    This is unsurprising, since any TEPCO documents showing culpability and disaster-preparation negligence were ironically washed away in the tsunami.

    Posted in: Prosecutors won't indict former TEPCO execs over Fukushima

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    SumoBob

    This reminds me of the article a few years ago where a Japanese professor was suggesting that Japanese stop trying to learn difficult, "correct" English and just make everyone else in the world learn to understand "Japanese English." Why bother making something the right way, just make the person fit the inferior product through lowered expectations.

    Posted in: Japan to sell talking robots that won't try to make sense

  • -2

    SumoBob

    Probably looking for a few rich Israelis willing to immigrate to Japan in order to please Aso.

    Posted in: Abe begins 3-day visit to Israel, West Bank

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  • -1

    SumoBob

    "Everything old is new again." (golf clap)

    Posted in: Abe promises to pursue reforms, build 'new Japan'

  • -1

    SumoBob

    Has it been eight years already? My how time flies. Regardless of which site is chosen, foreigners best be prepared for several weeks of mindless police profiling and on-the-street questioning in ppreparation for the event.

    Posted in: Abe to select 2016 G8 summit site in spring

  • 0

    SumoBob

    But crimes by dangerous foreigners has gone up, right? I mean, give us something to work with, NPA.

    Posted in: No. of criminal offenses drops below 1.3 million for first time in 35 years

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