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Anaxagoras wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:24 am
Another natural disaster in Japan. Flooding this time.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/ ... an/613933/
Those are some heart breaking photos. :(

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Taking the school bus:

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Japan's Type 10 main battle tank (10式戦車 or hito-maru-shiki).

In service since 2012.
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Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus

TOKYO – The governor of Japan's Okinawa island demanded a top U.S. military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days.

Okinawan officials on Sunday reported the 61 cases - 38 of them at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is at the center of a relocation dispute, and another 23 at Camp Hansen - since July 7. They said that U.S. military officials told them the two bases have since been put in lockdown.

The disclosure of the exact figures came only after Okinawa's repeated requests to the U.S. military.

Gov Denny Tamaki, in telephone talks late Saturday with Lt Gen H Stacy Clardy, commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force, demanded the U.S military increase disease prevention measures to maximum levels, stop sending personnel from the mainland U.S. to Okinawa and seal the bases, as well as provide more transparency.

"Okinawans are shocked by what we were told (by the U.S. military)," Tamaki told a news conference Saturday. "It is extremely regrettable that the infections are rapidly spreading among U.S. personnel when we Okinawans are doing our utmost to contain the infections."

"We now have strong doubts that the U.S. military has taken adequate disease prevention measures," he added.
https://japantoday.com/category/nationa ... oronavirus


In other news:
Japanese pubs in Tokyo, Osaka now have special seats for online drinking party customers

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https://japantoday.com/category/feature ... -customers

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Sacred rope exchange event held at Japan World Heritage waterfall

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SHINGU, Japan (Kyodo) -- An event to exchange a "shimenawa" sacred rope hanging over the top of a World Heritage waterfall was held Monday to prepare for an upcoming festival at Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan.

The event, which takes place twice a year, was initially scheduled for last Thursday but postponed due to heavy rain.

Shinto priests, who were dressed in traditional costumes with safety ropes attached, replaced an old shimenawa with a new one at about 50 meters upstream from the top of the 133-meter-high Nachi waterfall in Nachikatsuura as it was safer for them because the water level had increased due to the rain.

They plan to move the shimenawa to the top of the waterfall if the weather clears up.
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20 ... na/080000c

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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Japan police seek to stop yakuza handing out Halloween sweets to children

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Police in Japan want to halt the regular Halloween handouts by the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza gang, led by Shinobu Tsukasa (pictured) amid a growing turf war.
Police in Japan are planning to deprive children of their trick-or-treat goodies this Halloween – but only because the gifts come from members of the country’s biggest underworld organisation.

Yamaguchi-gumi gang members, based in the western port city of Kobe, have been distributing sweets to local children at Halloween most years since 2013.

But local police, concerned about a possible turf war, are to submit a bill to the prefectural assembly that, if passed, would ban members of the yakuza from giving money and gifts to under-18s.

In previous years, children have descended on the Yamaguchi-gumi HQ, where gang members would hand out colourfully decorated bags of sweets and snacks to children dressed in Halloween costumes.

The event is thought to be an attempt by 105-year-old organisation to soften its image in response to stricter anti-gang laws and concern about public safety following a bitter split within its ranks.

The tactic appears to have backfired, however, with the assembly expected to debate the bill in September.

If passed, the bill would strengthen an ordinance and ban gang members from allowing children on to their premises or from making contact with them, according to the Asahi Shimbun. Repeat offenders would face up to six months in prison or a maximum fine of 500,000 yen (£3,700), the Asahi said.

Although similar events were cancelled last year and in 2015 on public safety grounds, local education authorities have been reluctant to warn schoolchildren not to attend out of consideration for those whose parents have mob connections.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... o-children

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Weird. I wonder if a law like that is constitutional but I'm no expert on Japan's constitution.
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He's fucking dapper.

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Anaxagoras wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:13 pm
Weird. I wonder if a law like that is constitutional but I'm no expert on Japan's constitution.

I’m no expert, but I think the problem with those anti-mafia laws in Japan aren’t so much in the passing but in the enforcing.
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Japan's bureaucracy to go paperless in 1-year digital revolution

Nation will move away from hand-stamping documents as telework spreads

TOKYO -- Japan plans to take most government paperwork online, streamlining cumbersome processes blamed for delayed payments of pandemic assistance, in an ambitious digital revolution it aims to complete in a year.

The cabinet on Friday approved the digitization plan as part of its annual economic policy guidelines, which also aim to promote telecommuting and endorse Bank of Japan studies for issuing digital currency.

"We will take on drastic social reforms," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said ahead of the cabinet meeting. A task force of government officials and private experts will be created at the Cabinet Secretariat to oversee the initiative.

Specifically, the government will push for integrating online systems used by different ministries, agencies and municipal governments. A legislative revision will be submitted to Parliament next year for that purpose.

Government offices will be encouraged to move away from analog practices that emphasize face-to-face transactions, physical documents and hanko stamps. They will be asked to set numerical targets for achieving digitization. Such targets will help promote telework among government bureaucrats, the thinking goes.

The guidelines will give the go-ahead for proof-of-concept experiments by the BOJ to test the technical feasibility of a central-bank digital currency. This will be planned in coordination with other countries.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Japan- ... revolution

i predict chaos, but then I'm a pessimist. :notsure:

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Witness wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:53 pm
Japan's bureaucracy to go paperless in 1-year digital revolution

Nation will move away from hand-stamping documents as telework spreads

TOKYO -- Japan plans to take most government paperwork online, streamlining cumbersome processes blamed for delayed payments of pandemic assistance, in an ambitious digital revolution it aims to complete in a year.

The cabinet on Friday approved the digitization plan as part of its annual economic policy guidelines, which also aim to promote telecommuting and endorse Bank of Japan studies for issuing digital currency.

"We will take on drastic social reforms," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said ahead of the cabinet meeting. A task force of government officials and private experts will be created at the Cabinet Secretariat to oversee the initiative.

Specifically, the government will push for integrating online systems used by different ministries, agencies and municipal governments. A legislative revision will be submitted to Parliament next year for that purpose.

Government offices will be encouraged to move away from analog practices that emphasize face-to-face transactions, physical documents and hanko stamps. They will be asked to set numerical targets for achieving digitization. Such targets will help promote telework among government bureaucrats, the thinking goes.

The guidelines will give the go-ahead for proof-of-concept experiments by the BOJ to test the technical feasibility of a central-bank digital currency. This will be planned in coordination with other countries.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Japan- ... revolution

i predict chaos, but then I'm a pessimist. :notsure:

This should be interesting.

I was surprised at how much paper paperwork there is in Japan.

One example, whenever we spend research budget money, my university requires us to glue the receipts to the reimbursement form. If there are multiple receipts, we have to overlap them descending diagonally down the document. Sometimes we'll have receipts that overlap outside the "attachment" page like a staircase. In that case, we're supposed to fold them back on top of each other accordion style and put the other documents on top to make a sandwich. No stapling allowed!
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Police told to go all out to stop virus at Tokyo nightlife districts

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called on police to rigorously conduct onsite inspections of night clubs and similar establishments and ensure their operators take thorough precautions against the new coronavirus.

The government’s most senior spokesman made the request on July 19 during a news show on measures to mitigate the spread of the virus broadcast by Fuji Television Network Inc.

“Police can conduct onsite inspections under the law on control and improvement of amusement and entertainment business and they need to take a bold step,” Suga said, noting recent cluster infections in cabaret clubs, host clubs and other establishments in Tokyo and elsewhere.

He said that though all kinds of adult entertainment venues have been lumped together under the term “nightlife districts,” where infections have occurred, not all such establishments were a cause for concern.

But Suga stressed the need to do more with respect to cabaret clubs, host clubs and other venues, including inspections and "closing loopholes" that could lead to infections.

Suga’s remarks envision that police should aggressively check such establishments to determine how they are operating under the law and call on operators during the inspections to ensure necessary precautions are being taken against COVID-19, according to government officials.

During the TV program, Suga also agreed with calls to revise the special measures law to give the prime minister and the government greater authority to deal directly with the coronavirus outbreak.
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13561905

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Criticism widens over ‘outdated, discriminatory’ re-entry ban
Despite her repeated pleas, a German woman remained stuck in Kyushu while her father was dying in her home country.

Even after he died at the age of 76 on June 3, his 44-year-old daughter didn’t dare leave Japan to attend his funeral.

“I had to give up on the idea of going to Germany after considering the risk of not being able to return to Japan,” she said.

The government’s policy of banning entry to nationals of 129 nations and regions to prevent novel coronavirus infections has been blasted as discriminatory by international groups and foreign residents in the country.

Under the rules, foreign nationals living in Japan, including those with permanent resident status, are banned from re-entering the country even if they have families, homes and jobs here.

Japanese nationals, however, are not subject to this ban.

Japan is the only Group of 7 nation that bans entry for those with permanent resident status.

Although the government has made exceptions for humanitarian cases, the move came too late for the German woman.

In late May, she learned that the health of her father, who had a pre-existing condition, had suddenly turned for the worse.

She contacted the German Embassy in Tokyo a number of times about the travel restrictions but was told that if she left Japan she would not be allowed to return. She finally gave up on the idea of flying to Germany after consulting with her family.

The woman used a videoconference system to take part in the funeral but the camera angle did not allow her to catch a final glimpse of her father.

Her 48-year-old husband teaches at a university and they have two sons. They have been living in Japan for two years now.

The woman now wants to take care of her mother in Germany who not only has diabetes but has also suffered psychological stress over the death of her husband.

The daughter said she would gladly comply with the 14-day self-quarantine measure that is in place for returning Japanese nationals.

“Why is there a difference even though I also reside in Japan?” she asked.

The Immigration Services Agency on June 12 released three cases in which foreigners would be allowed to re-enter Japan after returning to their native lands: visiting family members in critical condition or attending the funeral of a family member; undergoing surgery or giving birth; and following orders to appear in court overseas.

Agency officials said each case is reviewed separately. They also declined to divulge the number of foreigners who have been allowed to re-enter Japan.
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Shocking, I know:
Glass ceiling still in place as Japan misses goal of gender equality

Tl;dr: Back in 2003, when Koizumi was PM, Japan set a goal of having women account for 30% of "leaders*" by 2020. That goal has been missed. It's somewhere around 10%, apparently. (*defined as senior managers or above in companies or government ministries or members of the national Diet.)
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Being Japanese is something very very special, it seems. :mrgreen:





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Human Rights Watch criticises Japan after report reveals abuse of athletes
  • Physical and sexual abuse has led some to take their lives
  • ‘Sport has been a cause of pain, fear and distress for too many’
A damning new study of sport in Japan has found child athletes have routinely suffered physical, sexual and verbal abuse from their coaches, which led several to take their own lives.

Released in the week the 2020 Olympics were due to begin in Tokyo, the report by Human Rights Watch includes testimonies from Japanese athletes competing in more than 50 sports who have reported abuses that included being assaulted and sexually abused or harassed, with many suffering from depression, physical disabilities and lifelong trauma as a result.

Entitled “I was hit so many times I can’t count”, the report includes responses from more than 800 former child athletes, including Olympians and Paralympians, who took part in the survey between March and June, with more than 50 interviewed in person and the rest responding to an online questionnaire.

“Participation in sport should provide children with the joy of play, and with an opportunity for physical and mental development and growth,” the report begins. “In Japan, however, violence and abuse are too often a part of the child athlete’s experience. As a result, sport has been a cause of pain, fear, and distress for far too many Japanese children.

“Athletes interviewed by Human Rights Watch described a culture of impunity for abusive coaches. Of recent child athlete interviewees who experienced abuse, all but one reported that there were no known consequences for the coach.”
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... f-athletes