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    For visually impaired people and for epileptics, who would normally be forbidden from attempting to drive cars and who are thus closed off from innumerable social and employment opportunities, self-driving cars will be a godsend. The sooner this development happens, the better.

    Posted in: Self-driving cars hold key to future highway: Google exec

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    I wouldn't want foreigners who believe this inhabiting my country

    Don't worry; no such "foreigners" exist. Once they start inhabiting your country, they become immigrants.

    Posted in: Diplomatic pressure on foreign reporters raises media hackles

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    Compared to when the Games were held in Tokyo in 1964, the average summer temperature has increased approximately 1.3 degrees, the ministry said.

    This is a pretty deceptive sentence with which to end the article. Summer temperature may have increased 1.3 degrees since 1964, but what is relevant is the difference between October 1964 temperatures and July-August 2020 temperatures. I bet that's closer to 10 degrees.

    When the Olympics were in Australia in 2000 they timed them perfectly: March. Summer was just ending in the southern hemisphere and the heat of January was long over. It is shameful to watch these Japanese organizers disregard comfort and safety like this.

    Posted in: Gov't discusses ways to keep streets, sidewalks cool during 2020 Olympics

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    So the big, rich companies are raising wages (by less than the increase in consumer prices, mind you) and we're supposed to be happy.

    Yet the huge Abenomics-generated increase in consumer prices -- which itself being cooked by the Abe administration (because it doesn't include food) -- is being borne by everyone in Japan, whether they work for a Keidanren-connected company or not.

    Thank your lucky stars that the price of oil has plummeted in the past year. Next time oil goes over $100 (which is Y12,000 now!), and the prices at the supermarket make another big jump, I shudder to think of what Abe has planned to take our minds off what his policies are doing to us.

    Posted in: Large firms to raise monthly wages at fastest pace in 17 years

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    People call the LDP "conservative", but they're actually quite radical in their efforts to change Japan (and not necessarily for the better). Other parties want a strong currency; the LDP wants a weaker, and continually-weakening, one. Other parties seek to maintain the post-WWII pacifist; the LDP wants to undo it. What exactly are the LDP "conserving"? They're not conservatives: they represent radical change.

    Additionally, it is ridiculous to watch Abe's national government grasp at any possible straw in defending their society-weakening Abenomics program. These prefectural elections are not a referendum on that policy: just ask any prefectural governor how much say he has in setting policy on the national currency!

    Local voters weren't voting for a weaker yen or higher consumer prices or anything else Abe and his henchman Kuroda want at the national level. We should be evaluating the incoming governors on what they will be doing for their prefectures.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidates win all 10 gubernatorial elections

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    took them long enough. i understand they sued the boy's family cause they were advised they wouldn't get any money from the school (as government entity, the court will protect their own)

    There certainly seems to be a sense that in cases like this, the "victims" will go after whomever seems to be the weakest, rather than (in my litigation-happy home country) whomever has the deepest pockets.

    I was once hit by a speeding automobile while on a bicycle and was thrown into the air, landing on the hood of the car. When talking with police, I was advised that if I officially reported the accident, the driver's insurance company would probably sue me for the cost of repairing his car hood, and without an insurance company of my own to back me, they would exaggerate the costs and I would be very much out of pocket (in addition to the physical injuries I suffered).

    You see this a lot. A few years ago an elderly person was hit by a cyclist and ended up dying from the injuries -- the big, powerful insurance company that was in the elderly person's corner sued (and presumably bankrupted) the parents of the cyclist.

    It's one thing to sue a rich corporation or government in hopes that they will settle with you just to get rid of you. It's quite another to opportunistically sue someone with pockets no more full than yours, just because you think they might not be able to defend themselves. I'm very happy that the descendants of the elderly man -- who is no longer alive to enjoy any fruits of this case -- lost their attempt at a legal mugging.

    Posted in: Top court rules parents not liable after son's wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    Reckless, this is propaganda indeed! Look at this sentence:

    the nationwide core consumer-price index was flat from a year earlier, falling to zero growth for the first time since May 2013.

    They just tried to trick us into thinking that a rise in the consumer price index was the same thing as growth.

    I see the steady consumer prices that we have finally returned to as a thin silver lining in the terrible dark cloud of tax hikes and currency devaluation.

    How does this garbage get into print? If I submitted an article in journalism school with even half as many sentences of pure partisan propaganda, I would get an F.

    Posted in: Japan reports lackluster inflation, spending data for February

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    What makes this so disgusting is that the killer's name is kept secret. Kazuaki, you think he will be unemployable? That might be the case if his name were publicly available. As it is, he really does get to start a whole new life... without anyone around him ever being aware that there is a killer in their midst.

    We treat some poor sap whose arm brushed against a woman's breast on the train worse than this.

    The coddling of "juvenile" criminals has to stop. It's as if everyone up to 19 years, 364 days old has total license to do whatever heinous things they like, knowing that all they will get is a figurative slap on the wrist. I'd rather see light sentences combined with putting the killer's name in the public record than lengthening the sentence. This kid, that girl who killed her father with a baseball bat a few months ago, the Sakakibara decapitator years ago... the law gives them all total anonymity while someone over 20 who is even accused of a crime gets his name dragged through the mud.

    All guilty verdicts in murder cases, regardless of the perpetrator's age, should be public record. You can't take someone else's life and get to keep yours totally intact.

    Posted in: Youth gets 5-9 years in prison for killing Mie schoolgirl

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    The US is frequently castigated for retaining British measurements but doesn't get nearly enough credit for having "metric" money from the very beginning, when the mother country still had 4 farthings to the penny and 12 pence to the shilling, and even metric-inventing France still had 20 sous to the livre.

    Also -- and I could be wrong about this -- but at some point in the 1990s it was made mandatory to have metric measurement on packaging even if the contents were based on some round British measurement. So you could have "3.5 oz (100 g)" or just "100 g" but you couldn't have just "3.5 oz".

    I love the metric system and wish it would make more progress. I had thought that modern technology would lead the way -- if the default for things like GPS were metric, people would change over pretty quickly. Instead, when I use Google Maps, I have to manually tell the page that I want to use kilometers every time, because I made my Google account in the US!

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    Isn't that one of the first things they teach you in driving school, that you should always be aware of pedestrians, animals, stray objects, etc., etc. when operating a motor vehicle? Why was this man exempted from such basic responsibility in riding his scooter?

    The maximum legal speed of a 50cc scooter is only 30 km/h. And this man was riding in a school zone, where the speed limit is presumably lower -- I live near such a zone, and yes, stray baseballs and soccer balls occasionally find their way past fences and netting. When I ride my bicycle or walk past them, it is my responsibility to pay attention to my surroundings. The scooter rider knows he's going right past a soccer field and should be aware. The boys have no idea that an 80-year-old guy on a scooter is suddenly going to come right down the street and swerve in just the wrong way as to break his leg. As a bicyclist and jogger, I literally can't imagine myself suing some school kids over something like this. What disgusting opportunism by the family of the deceased man.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    Another wonderful thing about the shinkansen and other high speed rail is that unlike with the airplane infrastructure that makes trains like this one less viable in the USA, you can just buy a ticket and get on. No passports or other papers, no security checks, no hassle. You can't hijack a train that can only run on one line!

    Posted in: Japan's shinkansen best in world at safety, punctuality, tech, but not marketing

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    Let me make one addition. There is no author byline, so I have no idea whom I'm criticizing, but:

    While deflation may sound good for Japanese consumers, it means people tend to put off buying because they do not expect prices to rise and hope they might even get goods cheaper down the line.

    While copying and pasting the same paragraph (a biased, one-sided paragraph at that) into article after article for over two years may sound convenient for hack journalists, it means readers tend to stop listening what you have to say, stop trusting you, and wonder if you have an agenda at work.

    Posted in: Two years on, BOJ chief says war on deflation 'very challenging'

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    I realize that this isn't the point of the article, but in English-language journalism, wouldn't it be better to see the word "foreigners" (as a direct translation of 外国人) eliminated in favor of the words actually used in the English-speaking world, such as "immigrants"?

    Someone who moves to London or New York or Melbourne (or East Podunk, for that matter) and takes up residence there is not a "foreigner". This person is an immigrant. There are short-term immigrants and long-term immigrants, and permanent immigrants, but "foreigner" carries the connotation of being a non-resident (and one who probably doesn't understand the language).

    It's a small semantic issue, but who wants to move to another country and still be called a "foreigner" even decades after moving there, integrating oneself, learning the language, etc.? The Anglosphere nations have their problems with immigration, but at least they do not foist this indignity on the people who take up residence there.

    Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo

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    “I think it’s okay even if the BOJ doesn’t achieve 2% inflation in fiscal 2015. It’s important, instead, to guide policy so that the economy can continue to grow around 2%.”

    Finally, someone talking sense!

    Posted in: Lower house approves Harada for BOJ board

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    Treatment of convicted prisoners and that of detained suspects are different. Suspects do not waer prison clothing.

    What we call the clothing does not matter; what matters is that the detainess cannot bathe

    How about the State of Florida in the United States of America?

    Now I think you're just trolling. Read the link you provided us with: After the arrest, you will be booked at the police station, ... you will be held in custody pending a court hearing that will be held within 24 hours of your arrest.

    Wow! Imagine that happening in Japan! And after that next-day court hearing, you can be bailed out of jail immediately! Sometimes you even get released without bail:

    If your crime is not serious, you could be released without bail and on your own recognizance or ROR. If you are in jail and cannot afford bail, the prosecutor has 30 days from your arrest date to file formal charges against you, although on the 33rd day and after notice to the state, you must be released on your own recognizance.

    So the Florida system basically presupposes that arrestees can and will be bailed out of jail.

    Then during this 90- or 175-day period which you dishonestly try to compare with daiyo kangoku, these arrestees can then, from the freedom of the outside, prepare a defense for their upcoming court date, contact a lawyer, look for exculpatory witnesses, and even get their affairs in order if they know that they're going to be found guilty.

    And they get to bathe and change clothes as often as they like.

    I'd prefer a 175-day investigation period in which I am on the outside on bail, communicating with family, working to earn money at my job, eating well, sleeping in my own bed, and preparing my defense, to a 23-day period in which I am locked in a cell, undergoing daily questioning, filthy, and unable to communicate with the outside world except in limited circumstances. How you can possibly equate these baffles me.

    Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report

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    What the system is called, and where the jails/prisons are located, are secondary to the conditions inside these facilities, which is what Amnesty International is justly concerned about.

    One of the most shameful things about them is that prisoners are typically only allowed to bathe once every five days, and must wear the same unwashed prison clothing for days on end. I cannot think of any sensible reason for this. If the presumption is that these people are guilty of crimes, is not keeping one's body clean an important psychological component of rehabilitation?

    Denying human beings (and remember, these people have not yet even been charged with of any crime, let alone been convicted) the right to cleanliness is a form of torture. If the issue is cost, I'm sure any detainee would gladly pay the few coins that soap and water would cost. This is a system that I simply cannot find any justification for. I would like to hear one, if one can be imagined.

    Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report

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    I see that teachers, too, will be required to come in one extra day each month. Will they be getting a 5% salary raise to make up for the fact that they're now working 21 days a month instead of 20?

    And if not, what are their plans to combat the likely decline in teacher quality as talented potential teachers choose other professions which don't suddenly extend the work week?

    Posted in: Kagoshima schools to resume Saturday classes once a month

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    I wish Japan could go back to Edo era.

    Your beloved Abe and his LDP are doing their best to bring us back there.

    Posted in: Edo-style divorce

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    Almost 10% of Americans couldn't get July 4th?!

    I wonder if any of them saw different dates as the true founding of the USA. You could argue that the nation began not on the date when the first person signed the Declaration of Independence, but also on the date of the first shot of the revolution in April 1775, in 1781 when Cornwallis was defeated at Yorktown, the signing of the treaty with Great Britain, formalizing independence, in 1783, or even the date in 1787 when the Constitution was written.

    I agree that July 4, 1776, is probably the best date to pick if you're choosing a single National Foundation Day for the USA< but I wouldn't say that any of those other candidates are outright wrong.

    Posted in: 8 out of 10 Japanese didn't know Feb 11 was National Foundation Day

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    Whenever I see movements like this, which focus on making people take more days off, and then talking about how the days should be consecutive, the cynic in me thinks that the government just wants people going on trips and spending money; we all know that the government cares far more for keeping those consumption taxes rolling in than it does for the people's well-being.

    I'd much rather see a campaign to limit the number of hours in a day. This is what's so soul-killing about Japanese companies. You get up on Monday morning knowing that with five 12-to-14-hour days ahead of you, your exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and misery are only going to increase -- until Saturday when you can sleep in (and then get a form of jetlag). When I had this kind of schedule, with 60 hours of work to do every week, I wanted to get enough sleep on the weekdays and would have been willing to come in on Saturday to make up for it. Instead, the company treated the weekends as sacred (OK) but completely ignored the health risks of being at work from 9 AM to the last train every weekday.

    The 8-hour day has become standard for a reason, and I'd like it to be even shorter. When you're home for dinner every day and always get enough sleep, you're a more efficient worker and a healthier person.

    Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year

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