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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

he alleged the women entered into contracts similar to those used under a separate, licensed system of prostitution in Japan. He rejected accounts of forced labor as “pure fiction,” saying the Japanese army “did not dragoon Korean women to work in its brothels.”

I find the professor's claim half-true. His info is also not at all something new or original.

The core point is, there actually didn't exist "the" comfort women but the huge diversity among women involved in terms of their profiles and wartime experiences. Accounts of women vary profoundly while activists from each camp tend to pick and generalize the one-sided story and totally ignore the other.

I encourage further and serious history inquiries and debates. I'm sorry that things are getting politicized.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 116 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 600 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 46, down six from Sunday,

Tokyo has requested the SOE extension by claiming that its bed capacity is near full with only about 50 or fewer covid patients. Unbelievable. The half smaller city Osaka, ahead off the SOE, has to date 73 serious patients. The real problem has more to do with bureaucratic red-tapes and lack of exit strategy.

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Posted in: When a woman comes forward about being sexually assaulted or harassed by a now-famous man a long time ago, how do you know whether to believe her or not? How should the media report such cases? See in context

How should the media report such cases?

Stop "The faster publicity the better (more profitable) attitude. Media tend to rush reporting at time of allegation without cross-checking info. Disinterested, they then follow up little even when the case are officially charged or given a verdict at court. Worse, some media outlets hardly admit and correct their earlier false reports.

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Posted in: Japanese media urged to address male dominance following Mori uproar See in context

While a rising number of TV programs are starting to hire female newsreaders or leading hosts (giving some reformist illusions to viewers?), most sections of Japan's media industry at key executive positions are still male-dominated. Phenomenon appears regardless of their editorial stance and style.

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Posted in: 163 jockeys, others in horseracing get virus rescue money improperly See in context

Why have they not been arrested?

Arrests are not necessary unless suspects escape or evidence is destroyed. Law enforcement officials have set a grace period to encourage voluntary admission and money returns.

But some JRA members are still likely to get charged of fraud considering the huge amount.

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Posted in: 163 jockeys, others in horseracing get virus rescue money improperly See in context

And what was the government’s purpose?

Surely it was to aid recipients that had been impacted by the virus?

The JRA members had been,right?

They applied for the aid program with wrongful income statements. They simply lied, cheated and free-rode. They deserves to be punished.

Besides, the JRA is said to have weathered the virus impacts, in comparison to other sport and entertaining events mostly affected.

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Posted in: No. of people out and about in Tokyo up despite extended virus emergency See in context

Warm weather may encourage people to go out.... I'd suggest they avoid crowds and partying occasions, and instead choose open spaces in countryside.

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Posted in: Actor Ken Watanabe's encounters with 3/11 victims a 'lifetime's work' See in context

Mr Watanabe also played leading roles in NHK Taiga Drama series namely Dokuganryu Masamune (1987) and Homura Tatsu (1993-94), samurai period dramas whose backdrop is Tohoku. Dokuganryu was successful in driving him to the stardom. He owes his acting career success to the region.

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Posted in: Businesses in Tokyo area say state of emergency extension was inevitable See in context

Businesses in the Tokyo metropolitan area said Friday's extension of the coronavirus state of emergency declared over the Japanese capital and nearby prefectures was inevitable given the virus situation but fretted over insufficient government aid.

They are not representative, for some small-sized businesses have earned quite sufficiently under the SOE (via the aid of 60,000 yen per business day). Not surprisingly, they may prefer a SOE extension. The rescue package is unfairly distributed.

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Posted in: Pompeo calls for U.S. to boycott Beijing Olympics See in context

The only thing the boycott did was break the dreams of so many athletes. I wish people would stop playing politics with the Olympics. I'm not a huge fan of the CCP. I just like the athlete's better.

While I do support and stand by top athletes whose performance peak tend to be short-lived, alternative venue is always possible and available. Japan's cities are welcome and well-prepared (the Summer Games organizing committee can shift smoothly to handle the ad hoc task) though I wouldn't bother if other countries would host it.

Remember, what the CCP is doing is totally against humanity, against the core principle of the Olympiad. It's not about cheap politics played out here. No compromise by inch or totally drop the Olympic programmes altogether.

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Posted in: Pompeo calls for U.S. to boycott Beijing Olympics See in context

Japan's Sapporo would volunteer to host the 2022 Winter Games as a most viable backup for the boycotted Beijing. So qualified athletes and attendees don't need to worry.

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

The findings in part contradict recent recommendations from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that two masks were better than one at reducing a person's exposure to the coronavirus.

So it is not yet conclusive. I feel like going with the Fugaku findings... Better fitting and disposability (to ensure better hygiene) seems to me more crucial and practical for everyday life.

Meanwhile, California is urging double mask use, probably in response to the CDC recommendations.

California Makes Double Masking Official

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

Wearing two non-woven masks isn't useful because air resistance builds up and causes leakage around the edges.

"The performance of double masking simply does not add up," wrote the researchers, led by Makoto Tsubokura.

That makes sense. Masks' fitting against the face side is more important.

But do we right now really need the high-end supercomputers to run to find a result? How come it is used for more urgent and significant projects to curb the ongoing pandemic?

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

Jun Azumi, the Diet affairs chief of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said the results of the ministry's probe must be released as soon as possible

I'd rather suggest setting up an independent committee for thorough investigations.

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Posted in: 10 years after Fukushima disaster, Japan's nuclear industry stalled See in context

Nuclear power can be solution to tackling the climate change. An inconvenient truth?

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Posted in: Swiss to vote on whether to ban full facial coverings in public See in context

There are several interesting points though I'm unfamiliar with Swiss politics. The other, right-side poster also draws my attention (showing another voting agenda regarding a free trade pact with Indonesia).

However, many feminist organizations oppose the ban.

A very interesting phenomenon, from the viewpoint of cultural diversity.

Two Swiss cantons already have full facial covering bans.

What if the voting result at confederate levels turns out to be conflicting with the cantons' implemented policy? Would it override the canton's or preserve it as part of autonomy?

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Posted in: 38 killed in violent day of protests against Myanmar coup See in context

"Today it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on the 1st of February. We had today — only today — 38 people died. We have now more than over 50 people died since the coup started, and many are wounded,"

The number may be larger, yet seems unreported or under-reported. Most worrying is that the pace for casualties is accelerating more recently.

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Posted in: Suga to decide state of emergency extension for Tokyo region on Friday See in context

It appears that the government first decided an extension, then tried to find/make up whatever reasons or plausible excuses to support the decision. They've kept moving the goalpost by "re-interpreting" key reopening criteria, without any clear exit strategy and timetable.

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Posted in: Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics See in context

Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics

As a Plan B, this scenario should definitely be taken into account. Or should have been much earlier...

I wonder if "vax passport" holders would be exempted.

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Posted in: Japan embarks on random and targeted COVID-19 testing, but some experts call for more See in context

How many tests are available is not how many actually conducted in need. Massive and random testing in declining close to nil areas is off the mark, ends up a waste of healthcare resources. Such could suffer the shortage of stock when it is really necessary.

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Posted in: Tokyo area governors eye extension of state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

Personally I don't oppose to a conditional extension so long as the overall assessment is well accounted for and scientifically grounded. Unfortunately, other than variant concerns (yet numbers are minimal), Tokyo Governor Koike and her neighbors have yet to show clear exit strategy & timetable. They are instead moving the goalpost with key criteria. It is unreasonable, confusing and politically irresponsible.

Those governors are supposed to know there won't be any significant change even though the current SOE is lifted. For Tokyo as well as other pref. governments can continue to impose it flexibly at own will. What They are doing is just like a rent seeker, at stake is free money rather than life. Under the SOE, locals are entitled to compensations in exchange of giving up parts of authority to the state programs.

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Posted in: Freezer firm to investigate after vaccines wasted See in context

The problem didn't relate to the deep freezer but occurred due to power shortage stemming from overloading sockets.


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Posted in: Japan job availability up, unemployment down in January See in context

I've been checking several key industries and specific businesses across regions. The sign of recovery is observed where things, not people, move to and fro. For instance, delivery services are growing.

LOL, in the west there is no permanent employment. If you use the same definition, than every worker in the west, is in a non regular job.

It's half true. In Japan many non-regular employees/freelancers are ensured much less with supports (salary, benefits, etc.) and socially stigmatized if not discriminated. In the latter case for example, non-regulars tend to be denied mortgage by bank, a room by landowner and marriage (!) by partner (or family)

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Posted in: 43-year-old female company exec arrested over indecent behavior with 17-year-old boy See in context

Where is gender equality? I'm afraid that the suspect under ID protection may not even get charged or fined.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

Avoid visiting China altogether. Even biometric info can be "stolen" via anal tests.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says Tokyo Olympics may be chance to revitalize diplomacy See in context

While the ball is on South Korea's court side, nobody expects much from the lame duck Moon. Besides the SK is not a top priority for Japan's diplomacy.

Seeking to take a page from its 2018 Winter Olympics, Seoul is pinning high hopes on the Tokyo Olympics to revitalize diplomacy with North Korea despite uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic and Pyongyang's cutoff of exchanges with the outside world.

The Olympics is not aimed for the unification effort.

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Posted in: PR chief at center of scandal involving Suga's son hospitalized after resigning See in context

She is resigning.

Hospitals are not refuge centres...

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Posted in: Go To Travel campaign to remain suspended after March 7 See in context

GoTo seems to have distorted public incentives as well as tourism markets. People would travel anyway without discounts if they really want to. As international trips are currently impossible, potential demands are naturally directed to domestic alternatives without the program support.

Meanwhile GoTo-Eat subsidy is still riskier unless it is carefully re-implemented.

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Posted in: Republican calls grow for U.S. to boycott 2022 Olympics in China See in context

Japan's Sapporo or Nagano may volunteer to host the Winter Games 2022 if Beijing is fully boycotted. So qualified athletes wouldn't get worried much. #StopUighurgenocides

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Posted in: Scammers take advantage of COVID fears to commit vaccine fraud See in context

The present-day economic crimes of this sort are highly organized and sophisticated. Many perpetrators are involved yet dispersed at different remote locations (across the country or even abroad) and separate tasks being done independently, without knowledge of other collaborators. Police find it harder to identify and catch them en masse.

Though rich seniors tend to be primary targets, those who think of themselves as being too smart to sucker can also be easy preys.

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