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Posted in: China cautions Japan ahead of U.S.-Japan summit See in context

China's foreign minister cautioned Japan against teaming up with the U.S.

If China does not like it, Japan must be doing something right.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Pukey2:

Dear lord, what is the point? We all know nothing will change.

THAT is the point.

Japanese people go many miles in order to PRESERVE. Even when they make inventions or imitate West, they do so so that they can preserve what they want to preserve.

Look at the restoration plan for Kumamoto Castle, which was partially damaged in 2016 earthquake in Kyushu region. The restoration is expected to take 20 years to be completed in 2036. Now, it's not that the whole castle was destroyed. The damage was largely parts of its stone walls. Why then 20 years, you may ask. Well, they want to bring each rock back to where it was positioned before! And there are many thousands of rocks to be restored.

Kumamoto Castle was build in 15th century. But Japanese monarchy goes back to prehistory, before writing system was introduced to Japan, making it the world's oldest. The recent survey shows that only 7% of Japanese people want to end the institution while 74% want to preserve it.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Bill Lewis

I was so disappointed when the boy was born. Such a wonderful opportunity to just let this stupid institution die out.

I hate to disappoint you but a fact is that even if the royal family has no male child, it does not necessarily means the end of the institution. Not only a female child can be a monarch, as it happened 10 times in Japanese history, but also there are currently possible male candidates today in relatives of the royal family.

The traditional rules was that if a current royal family has no child, one can be selected from relatives of the royal family. The most famous case was the 26th Emperor Keitai. Keitai was not the son of the immediate previous monarch, who died without a successor, at which time a fifth generation grandson of the 15th Emperor Ōjin, Keitai, came and ascended the throne.

The only thing the government need to do is to restore this traditional rule, which was banned only recently after WWII by GHQ.

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Posted in: Imperial poetry See in context

About 13,000 Japanese people submitted their poems for the occasion this year, including poems written by imperial families.

The Emperor Naruhito's poem was a prayer for a peaceful world.

人々の願ひと努力が実を結び平(たひ)らけき世の到るを祈る

The Empress Masako's poem was about her wish for ending pandemic.

感染の収まりゆくをひた願ひ出で立つ園に梅の実あをし

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

virusrex:

the Japanese government would still try to force the thing on the population

Opinions are divided. The latest polling shows that only 33% of Japanese people want cancellation. 63% wants Olympics to be held in one way or another (27% now, 36% later) and the number has grown since last survey. So you cannot really say the government is forcing on its population.

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

Sana Hamaya:

Many countries people such as Europe or Asia demands cancellation or postponement of Olympics more than Japanese.

Too bad, they are not host of this Olympic. Japan is. It's up to Japan to decide.

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

People who opposed Olympics protested freely. People who supported the games cheered freely. Nobody was forced to do anything. It was another good day in Japan.

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Posted in: First day of Olympic torch relay ends with waves, smiles and protests See in context

As far as I'm concerned, the start of Olympic torch relay was a happy one. Especially I was happy to see my favorite soccer player Aya Miyama in the group of the first runners. She even gave a speech. It made my day.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

David Shawn Kanda:

It's high time they cancel this event...

Why?

We had Australian Open recently with limited spectators. It was great and many people enjoyed. Likewise, Baseball games are being played in US and Japan now. And many other games are also played worldwide with or without spectators. Nobody is complaining.

Why can't Olympic games played likewise?

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Alex

Does anyone think that the Olympic event should have just skipped to avoid surge?

According to the recent polls, there are about 33% who wish to cancel Olympics as opposed to 27% who wish to see the games performed this year. There are about 36% who wish to postpone it to later time.

Meanwhile, with limited spectators, many sports events have been performed in recent months. Sumo wrestling tournament, National Highschool Baseball tournament, National Figure Skate contest, Korea-Japan friendly succor game, etc. Music concerts are also performed. Babymetal, for example, performed eight live concerts in last few months in Budokan, which is one of Olympic game venunes.

And nobody is complaining.

A total lockdown is not supported by many Japanese people.

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Posted in: Many Japanese celebrities have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay See in context

Derek Grebe

Many Japanese citizens (80%) have no interest in holding the Olympics at all.

That's not exactly true. A recent polls shows 63% of Japanese people want Olympic games performed in Japan in one way or another (27% this year, 36% later) and the number has increased compared to a January result.

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP3P7HJ8P3MUZPS002.html

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins in Fukushima amid COVID-19 fears See in context

For those who wonder why Hula in Japan, I recommend a 2006 movie "Hula Girls". It has nothing to do with Hawaii. The movie is based on a true story about a dying coal mine town in Fukushima prefecture.

The movie won Best Picture and other awards in 2006. You can watch a trailer here:

https://asianwiki.com/Hula_Girls

You can also view a news clip from 1971 about the crisis and revival of the town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIP2YneBZyQ

You will know how young daughters of coal mine workers have saved their town.

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Posted in: Myanmar activists in Japan call for stronger steps against junta See in context

Do something already against the military, stupid.

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Posted in: Country star Dolly Parton gets her own comic book See in context

Dolly is an amazing lady. "Jolene" is such a wonderful song. I listened to the song recently covered by The Petersens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viQx4KDivPY

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Posted in: 'Everything evaporated' - Olympic overseas spectator ban hits Japan tourism See in context

There will be a great surge in national and international traveling after Covid-19. Good days will be coming for those who can manage and survive this hardship.

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Posted in: Prosecutors charge 2 Americans with helping Ghosn flee, jump bail See in context

M3M3M3:

Convicting Ghosn is not necessary...

If the Taylors are convicted but Ghosn is subsequently acquitted, it will change nothing. You can be guilty of enabling the escape of a fugitive who is eventually acquitted (or never tried). The relevant question is whether the Taylors knew that the police/courts/justice system were interested in Ghosn at the time they enabled his escape.

Here is an example of such case in 1961.

Court: Tokyo Hight Court

Case Number: SHOWA 36(う)188

"およそ刑法第一〇三条の規定は司法に関する国権の作用を妨害する者を処罰する趣旨であるから(刑集3巻9号1440頁参照)現に捜査が行われている被疑事件に関連して罰金以上の刑に該る罪を犯したものとして逮捕状が発布されている者であることを知りながらその逮捕を免れしめる意図の下に犯人を隠避せしめれば直ちに犯人隠避の罪が成立し、よしんばその後犯人が当該被疑事件につき不起訴処分を受けたとしても、一旦成立した犯人隠避罪に何ら消長を来すものではないと解するのが相当であつて...、所論のように被告人が本件で起訴された後、何らかの事由で右Dが不起訴処分を受けたとしても、そのために被告人の本件刑事責任が解消される理由は少しもないのである。"

"Because the intent of Criminal Law No. 103 is to punish those who obstruct justice, it applies to a person willfully helps someone whose arrest warrant has been issued for committing a crime...Even if the suspect subsequently turned out not to be indicted, the legal responsibility does not disappear."

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Posted in: Honda of America plans to sell 2 fully electric SUVs in 2024 See in context

Then how come European and American manufacturers don't use Japanese batteries.

Doesn't Tesla use Panasonic?

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Posted in: Even before the coronavirus, were you in favor of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics? See in context

I expect a surge in travelling after covid-19. Japan has a great chance to give some impact, even without foreign spectators, on those who are eager to go abroad. I support Tokyo Olympic 2021.

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Posted in: Even before the coronavirus, were you in favor of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics? See in context

stickman1760

But holding them in the sweltering heat of July and August is just insane...

Indoor games will not be affected much. Even outdoor, many games can be held in evening or early morning. About the only game that can be problem is marathon. But it was moved to Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Japanese company develops life-sized reactionary anime girl hologram store guides See in context

Hatsune Miku, stepped out of her stage. It's an evolution.

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Posted in: Yubari may offer Japan a taste of things to come See in context

...by 2060 the population will have fallen by a third, from 127 million to 88 million.

So, it will be about same as UK population.

https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL?locations=JP-GB

The size of these two island nations is about same. And the elderly population of baby boomers in Japan will be gone by then. It may not be a bad future.

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Posted in: The towering sea wall legacy of Japan's 2011 tsunami See in context

When the next great tsunami hits the region and if the wall saves lives, the opinions against the wall will disappear overnight.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

In short, harboring an escapee (from custody) is a crime.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Here is the law, against which the these two guys are charged.

刑法 第103条

罰金以上の刑に当たる罪を犯した者又は拘禁中に逃走した者を蔵匿し、又は隠避させた者は、3年以下の懲役又は30万円以下の罰金に処する。

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Posted in: TEPCO completes removal of spent fuel rods from Fukushima No. 3 reactor See in context

Goodlucktoyou

“Safer location”?

From less safer location:

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/20210228-OYT1T50108/

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Posted in: TEPCO completes removal of spent fuel rods from Fukushima No. 3 reactor See in context

It's a long way to go, but this is another small step toward clean-up of the Nuclear disaster.

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Posted in: Side with citizens, not military, Myanmar expat urges Japan, ASEAN See in context

mikeylikesit:

Why is it Japan’s responsibility to wade into a local conflict that is half a continent away?

Because "if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

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Posted in: Side with citizens, not military, Myanmar expat urges Japan, ASEAN See in context

kurisupisu:

Japan has only one option.

That option is to condemn the military murdering their own people!

Japan does condemn the military actions:

"外務省は28日夜、ミャンマー各地で治安部隊の発砲によって多数の死傷者が出たことを受けて吉田朋之外務報道官の談話を発表した。「国際社会の度重なる呼びかけにもかかわらず民間人に対する暴力が継続されていることを強く非難する」と強調した。

「民間人が死傷し、拘束者が発生している事態を憂慮している」とも訴えた。拘束されたアウン・サン・スー・チー氏らの解放と、民主的な政治体制の早期回復も改めて国軍に求めた。"

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQODE283MB0Y1A220C2000000/

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

Just give them an extension to stay already (due to the special pandemic situation) and permission to work legally. The problem solved.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

Derek Grebe:

But Japan doesn't have an empire. Why do we have an emperor? Surely he's the king?

The reason why Japan has an "emperor" is due to an unfortunate translation of the word "天皇 (Sumeramikoto)" to an English word "emperor".

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