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Old 2021-10-26, 10:00   Link #3781
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So now the happy couple are united. Here's a cute photo of them from their press conference yesterday.


Mako is now a commoner which just exacerbates concerns over the line of succession in Japan. They are moving to New York where Komuro works in a law firm. She has a degree in art history and museum work so she might try to find a job in New York's art scene.

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Japan’s male-only succession laws mean Mako can never be a reigning empress. If she has a son he will be raised as a non-royal and will not ascend the Chrysanthemum throne.

Her departure from the palace has highlighted the dearth of heirs to the throne, while pressure to reform the succession laws has failed to gain traction under successive conservative governments. Mako’s father is first in line, followed by her younger brother, Prince Hisahito. If Hisahito does not have a male child, the line of succession will be broken.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...s-royal-status

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Old 2021-10-26, 19:27   Link #3782
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I have a completely unsubstantiated theory that breaking the line of succession is exactly what the Imperial family wants. They’re ready to be rid of their involvement altogether. Somehow against the run of play they seem to collectively be a fairly sensible and progressive group - to the extent they can given the strong taboos against their involvement in politics, both the retired and current emperor have expressed disapproval over Abe’s nationalism, COVID policy and the Olympic debacle.

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Old 2021-10-28, 00:45   Link #3783
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Now I REALLY REALLY need to get back to write my story based (partly) on that idea.
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Old 2021-12-15, 11:32   Link #3784
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Japan goes for the gold

The kanji character for kin (金), which means gold or money, has been selected as the character that best summarizes the year, a Kyoto-based academic organization announced Monday.

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Japan’s athletes won a record number of gold medals — 27 in all — at the Games, smashing the country’s previous record of 16 set at the 1964 Tokyo Games and again in Athens in 2004.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...in-kanji-2021/

The character was chosen by public vote. Kin won with a mere 10,422 votes out of a total of 223,773. It beat out wa (輪) ("ring") for the top spot by a mere 118 votes. This was the fourth victory for kin since the custom of choosing an annual kanji began in 1995.
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Old 2022-01-13, 11:47   Link #3785
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WHO says closing borders is ineffective in fighting COVID. Japan says it doesn't care, it's closing them anyway.

https://asiatimes.com/2022/01/no-for...ron-hit-japan/

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On January 11, at an evening press conference, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced his government had decided to strengthen border measures, extending a prohibition on foreign nationals from entering the country.

That decision maintains a tough framework of strict frontier controls.

[P]olls show massive support for the government’s ultra-prudent measures. Meanwhile, foreigner support groups railing against the measures have been unable to effectively mobilize or generate a significant voice.

Even so, there is at least one prominent local dissenter.

Japanese billionaire and business leader Hiroshi Mikitani, the founder of e-commerce giant Rakuten, has spoken out in public against the decision to keep the borders closed.

“What’s the point of not letting in new foreigners now?” he said. “The decision is totally illogical. Does [Kishida] want to shut Japan off from the rest of the world?”

Mikitani’s outburst could be significant. While foreigners clearly lack a voice, Japanese business could feasibly compel Tokyo to crack open the gates.
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Old 2022-01-13, 16:38   Link #3786
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WHO says closing borders is ineffective in fighting COVID. Japan says it doesn't care, it's closing them anyway.

https://asiatimes.com/2022/01/no-for...ron-hit-japan/
Good. They should. Australia would very much like to have a word with the WHO and their corporate overlords because we were doing more than fine until our borders were forced open and now we've gone to heck. Japan is doing the right thing.
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Old 2022-01-13, 16:53   Link #3787
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No they're not. They're only closing borders to foreign nationals (even legal residents and visa holders), not Japanese natives. And comparing the effectiveness of closing international and prefectural borders is pointless, because in pandemic terms it's apples and oranges.
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Old 2022-01-14, 06:30   Link #3788
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No they're not. They're only closing borders to foreign nationals (even legal residents and visa holders), not Japanese natives. And comparing the effectiveness of closing international and prefectural borders is pointless, because in pandemic terms it's apples and oranges.
It beats what Australia and some other countries are doing was my point. At least Japan is doing something. Definitely lacking but better than nothing. But indeed, having state/prefectural borders open is a mistake.
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Old 2022-01-15, 00:00   Link #3789
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Something I've been wondering for a long time: is there a specific cutoff date for grades in Japan, or does it differ year to year. Like, is there a specific set date where if you were born on X day of Y month you're put in one grade, but if you were born one day later you're in the lower grade? I know that grades are based on your age by the end of the school term (enter first year when you'll turn 7 by that time) but I've never seen anything more specific. All I know is that it's not April 1 (or at least not all years if it differs) since there are characters that're specifically noted as being youngest in their class due to being born on that day.
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Old 2022-01-15, 03:39   Link #3790
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Something I've been wondering for a long time: is there a specific cutoff date for grades in Japan, or does it differ year to year. Like, is there a specific set date where if you were born on X day of Y month you're put in one grade, but if you were born one day later you're in the lower grade? I know that grades are based on your age by the end of the school term (enter first year when you'll turn 7 by that time) but I've never seen anything more specific. All I know is that it's not April 1 (or at least not all years if it differs) since there are characters that're specifically noted as being youngest in their class due to being born on that day.
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Children who have their 6th birthday on or before April 1 enter the first grade of elementary school of that year. School year starts in April and ends in March. For Japanese nationals, six years at elementary school and three years at junior high school (total nine years) are compulsory.
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Old 2022-03-02, 15:58   Link #3791
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From the BBC: How the Japanese dance form Butoh has expanded across the world.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1499118736846082051
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Old 2022-07-03, 06:01   Link #3792
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How social conformity rather than government mandates helped keep Japan's rate of COVID infections below the rest of the industrialized world. (Article is "gifted" and free to read.)

Japan’s Secret to Taming the Coronavirus: Peer Pressure https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/02/w...DzgID60HiXMP3g
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