## Japan

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Pyrrho
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shuize
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Japanese man arrested after dating 35 women at the same time in bid to 'get birthday presents'

Not sure how any of that is a crime.

In fact, it sounds like the sort of thing women have been doing since ... forever.

Some kind of fraud, I guess.

But that's sort of how it works in Japan.

The police decide you're a bad guy, and then find the "crime" later.

Seems like a lot of work for less than $1,000 in "birthday" presents. https://news.yahoo.com/japan-man-arrest ... 35505.html Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan Fraud? I suppose you could say that. I doubt that birthday presents was what he was really after though. Maybe they had to frame it that way in order to charge him with a crime? I think he was probably just a typical Lothario. Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan 80% of Japanese support a reigning empress as pool of heirs shrinks https://i.imgur.com/CQewMJA.jpg Princess Aiko, daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, with her dog Yuri at the Akasaka residential complex in Tokyo last November About 80% of respondents in a recent Kyodo News poll said they would accept both a reigning empress and an emperor descending from a female member of the imperial family as the number of viable heirs shrinks. The results of the survey conducted by mail in March and April were broadly in line with the outcome of the previous Kyodo poll on the issue conducted last year, indicating an overwhelming majority of people support changes to the rule limiting imperial succession to men from the paternal line. The latest survey conducted ahead of Constitution Memorial Day on Monday also showed 67% were opposed to the idea of reinstating male patrilineal descendants of the now-abolished collateral branches of the imperial family who abandoned their status in 1947. How to ensure a stable succession to the chrysanthemum throne has become an urgent task since Emperor Akihito, 87, relinquished the throne in 2019 — the first emperor to do so in around 200 years — based on a one-off law. Emperor Naruhito, 61, has only three heirs — his brother Crown Prince Akishino, 55, his nephew Prince Hisahito, 14, and his uncle Prince Hitachi, 85. The emperor and Empress Masako have one daughter, 19-year-old Princess Aiko. The number of imperial family members has been decreasing as women are required to abandon their royal status upon marrying commoners under the 1947 Imperial House Law. In March, the government launched formal discussions on how to ensure a stable imperial succession by establishing an advisory panel to solicit views from experts. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/ ... ly-survey/ Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan Japanese firm installs vending machine selling nothing but munchable insects The machine is run by a Sasebo-based event management company that sells a fine range of deep-fried or dried crickets, grasshoppers and other insects. The vending machine at Michi-no-Eki Konchu no sato Tabira, a roadside market and rest stop in the Nagasaki Prefecture town of Hirado, was well received, partly due to its novelty. It sells nine kinds of insects, including locusts, silkworm chrysalises, diving beetles and cicadas. All of them are bottled and refrigerated, and the prices range from 600 to 1,000 yen (about$5 to $9). The company, Art Studio Wao, claims that the buggy tidbits taste like they've been freshly fried if heated up. It will expand its insect offerings beyond the bottled lineup in the near future. :Hungry2: shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan Japanese sumo wrestling under fire after Hibikiryu dies from head injury The wrestler, whose real name was Mitsuki Amano, was thrown by his opponent during a bout at a tournament on March 26. Video of the bout showed he fell hard on his head and lay face down for several minutes while sumo officials watched and waited for paramedics to arrive. I sure hope none of those paramedics were women. Women are not allowed in the dohyo. Think I'm joking? In 2018, the association came under fire after demanding a nurse and other women leave the ring, which they had entered to give first aid to an official who had collapsed. https://nypost.com/2021/05/03/japanese- ... ad-injury/ Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan Covid: Japan town builds giant squid statue with relief money https://i.imgur.com/5ERRiCm.jpg The 13m-long (43ft) sea creature lies in the port of Noto, where flying squid is the town's delicacy. It reportedly used 25m yen ($228,500; £164,700) of the emergency funding to build the statue.

Noto officials have told local media it is part of a long term plan to lure tourists back after the pandemic.

Japan is battling another surge in coronavirus cases, and Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency - the third for the country since the pandemic began.

The fishing town of Noto - which is located in Ishikawa prefecture on Japan's central-west coast - has had a very low number of cases, but it has been impacted by the significant drop in tourists.

Noto received 800m yen ($7.3m; £5.3m) through the national grants, which were intended as an emergency economic boost to help regional areas affected by the pandemic, reports Yahoo Japan. The funds did not have to be spent directly on Covid relief. Some however have criticised the town's administration for spending so much money on the giant cephalopod, especially as the pandemic is not yet over. One local told the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper that while the statue may be effective in the long run, the money could have been used for "urgent support", such as for medical staff and long-term care facilities. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56978075 shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan My ex- told me that the Noto Peninsula is always used as a question for Japanese geography tests. Now they have two claims to fame. (Ha! Ha!) Maybe I've told this story before. Back in my English teaching days, I worked for a short time in a small village (pop. around 5,000). In addition to two perfectly acceptable junior high school and high school baseball fields, the village built a beautiful, large baseball field worthy of any single A or AA team in the States Something like this (but slightly bigger): https://www.baseballpilgrimages.com/min ... ville.html Who did they build it for? Well, that's the billion yen question. There were no pro teams, university teams, or even serious minor league teams in the area. When the local government guy took me out to see it before it opened,* I said "Wow. It's beautiful. But honestly, just between you and me, do you think it's really necessary out here?" Yes-man that he was, he answered "Oh, yes. Absolutely." Apparently following the "If you build it they will come" strategy, that field was single-handedly going to solve their ever-worsening population decline and no local industry besides farming and fishing problem. ** * Why it was important to show off their new crown jewel to the only foreigner in sight, I'm not sure. But it was. I may even have gotten out of teaching duties that day. ** I guess they expected to make their money back with club tournaments. But there were no large hotels, restaurants, etc. in the area, either. And if you weren't coming by car, you weren't coming. *** ETA: I just checked their homepage. The village population is down about 15% from when I was there. If I still worked there, I'd be sure to point out that their stadium's seating capacity is now more than the entire village. (Ha! Ha!) Doctor X Posts: 74292 Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:09 pm Title: Collective Messiah Location: Your Mom ### Re: Japan shuize wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 3:05 am* Why it was important to show off their new crown jewel to the only foreigner in sight, I'm not sure. But it was. I may even have gotten out of teaching duties that day. A book by an ex-intelligence officer in WWII who studied Japanese for that reason, then lived there in the post-war period, noted an effort by Japanese to try to impress visiting foreigners in those years with how great the area and Japan in general were doing. You probably forgot; you are pretty old. – J.D. shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan Doctor X wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 7:19 am shuize wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 3:05 am* Why it was important to show off their new crown jewel to the only foreigner in sight, I'm not sure. But it was. I may even have gotten out of teaching duties that day. A book by an ex-intelligence officer in WWII who studied Japanese for that reason, then lived there in the post-war period, noted an effort by Japanese to try to impress visiting foreigners in those years with how great the area and Japan in general were doing. You probably forgot; you are pretty old. – J.D. I'm not that fucking old. This happened in the 1990's. At the time, I felt like telling them, "Hey, stop acting like China. You don't need to try to impress me. I don't really give a shit and I'm leaving anyway." * * Little did I know. Actually, on a slightly more serious note, I believe the entire JET program is basically just a big PR program to overpay a bunch of young foreigners otherwise lacking in any marketable skills and then send them back home with a positive image of Japan. After 30 years, it sure as hell isn't to improve English language education. ed Posts: 41066 Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:52 pm Title: G_D ### Re: Japan I'm not that fucking old. This happened in the 1990's. You mean, like, 3 decades ago? Nahhhh ... not old. Bet it seems like yesterday. :D :De_Bunk: shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan ed wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:52 am I'm not that fucking old. This happened in the 1990's. You mean, like, 3 decades ago? Nahhhh ... not old. Bet it seems like yesterday. :D :De_Bunk: Yes. Old. But not "WWII intelligence officer" old. Not bombed out Japan still digging itself out from under the rubble and trying to impress their GHQ masters with their progress old. And, yes, I remember most of the conversation. I've got a pretty good memory for things I hear. Not as good in Japanese. But not too bad, either. Of course, like other physical abilities, it worked better in my youth. (Ha! Ha!) ed Posts: 41066 Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:52 pm Title: G_D ### Re: Japan shuize wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:56 am ed wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:52 am I'm not that fucking old. This happened in the 1990's. You mean, like, 3 decades ago? Nahhhh ... not old. Bet it seems like yesterday. :D :De_Bunk: Yes. Old. But not "WWII intelligence officer" old. Not bombed out Japan still digging itself out from under the rubble and trying to impress their GHQ masters with their progress old. And, yes, I remember most of the conversation. I've got a pretty good memory for things I hear. Not as good in Japanese. But not too bad, either. Of course, like other physical abilities, it worked better in my youth. (Ha! Ha!) Methinks the codger doth protest too much. <just funnin ya> shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan I'm seeing news stories about Noto and its giant squid everywhere now. So that$228,000 they spent was certainly a much better PR investment than my old town's empty baseball stadium.*

The problem is, since Japanese government workers are not known for their innovative thinking, now every town from here to Hokkaido is going to think they should do the same.

* Which I'm quite sure cost taxpayers many times more.
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### Re: Japan

Anti-Olympic petition gains tens of thousands of signatures

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TOKYO (AP) — An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has gained tens of thousands of signatures since being launched in Japan only days ago.

The rollout of the petition comes with Tokyo, Osaka and several other areas under a state of emergency with coronavirus infections rising — particularly new variants. The state of emergency is to expire on May 11, but some reports in Japan say it is likely to be extended.

The postponed Olympics are to open in just under three months on July 23.

The petition is addressed to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who has tentative plans to visit Japan later this month. He is expected to meet the Olympic torch relay on May 17 in Hiroshima, and perhaps also travel to Tokyo where small anti-Olympic are protests being planned.

Although 70-80% of Japanese citizens in polls say they want the Olympics canceled or postponed, there is no indication this will happen. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto, and Bach have repeatedly said the games will go on as scheduled.

Organizers and the IOC unveiled so-called Playbooks last week, explaining rules for athletes and others to show how the Olympics can be held in the middle of a pandemic. Several test events have been conducted in the last few days, and organizers have reported few problems.

The Olympic torch relay has been crisscrossing Japan for a month. Organizers say that eight people working on the relay have tested positive for the virus.

The Tokyo Olympics have become a face-saving exercise for Japan, which has officially spent $15.4 billion to prepare them. For the IOC, the Tokyo Olympics are critical since 73% of its income comes from selling television rights. https://apnews.com/article/olympic-game ... 46a0298849 Doctor X Posts: 74292 Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:09 pm Title: Collective Messiah Location: Your Mom ### Re: Japan *Prepares an Ice Flow for shuize* – J.D. Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan 12-foot python on the loose in my town: Police hunt for 3.5-meter python last seen May 6 Doctor X Posts: 74292 Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:09 pm Title: Collective Messiah Location: Your Mom ### Re: Japan Tōkyō to be stomped constricted in ichi, ni, san. . . . – J.D. Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan Anaxagoras wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:26 am 12-foot python on the loose in my town: Police hunt for 3.5-meter python last seen May 6 :Hungry2: But who will be on the menu? Giant sandals displayed to pray for pandemic's end https://i.imgur.com/FBA84jZ.jpg A pair of giant straw sandals has been put on display in a town near Tokyo to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. The sandals, over 1.2 meters wide and about five meters long, were installed along a national highway in Nagatoro Town in Saitama Prefecture on Sunday. A banner praying for the end to the pandemic was set up alongside the sandals, and a Shinto ritual was held. The prefecture's Chichibu region, where the town is located, has a tradition of hanging straw sandals to drive away plagues. The custom, called "fusegi," involves displaying the sandals at the entrance to farmland. It is still handed down in several places. Legend has it that the sandals scare away the god of plagues by showing it that a giant is nearby. The president of an association which aims to preserve this tradition said members worked together to create the pair of huge and firm sandals to fight the virus. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210510_10/ :mrgreen: Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan Legend has it that the sandals scare away the god of plagues by showing it that a giant is nearby. Sounds legit. Cause if there's one thing a god is afraid of, it's a giant. Also, gods are easy to fool. Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan Japanese publisher slams gov't handling of virus in bold newspaper ad https://prtimes.jp/i/5069/1174/resize/d ... 2219-0.jpg Hotarubi Posts: 3854 Joined: Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:12 am Title: Enchantress Location: This septic Isle. ### Re: Japan Anaxagoras wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 3:15 am Legend has it that the sandals scare away the god of plagues by showing it that a giant is nearby. Sounds legit. Cause if there's one thing a god is afraid of, it's a giant. Also, gods are easy to fool. What if the giant treads on a thorn or slips on a dog turd. It's fucked then isn't it? I'd bet on the plague god every time against a no-sandalled giant in foliage loaded with camouflaged dog excrement. I wonder what the all-time historical results table looks like. Probably 17-12 or something like that in favor of the god. This would indicate that sandals are not an overall effective method of repelling airborne diseases. Maybe loafers. Pyrrho Posts: 31622 Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2004 2:17 am Title: Man in Black Location: Division 6 ### Re: Japan https://i.imgur.com/Z1GvdKr.jpg Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan https://i.imgur.com/CQemOZT.jpg Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan Japan ruling party renews its push to revise pacifist Constitution Japan's governing party is renewing its push for its long-cherished goal of revising the country's pacifist Constitution, saying effective anti-coronavirus measures such as lockdowns aren't possible without an emergency clause in the charter providing enforcement and the limiting of private rights. The powerful Lower House of parliament, controlled by the governing party, on Tuesday approved revisions to a national referendum law that would lay the groundwork for a possible future vote on a charter revision. Constitutional amendments, however, remain a long shot because the hurdles are extremely high. The bill, which facilitates voting in a referendum, now goes to the less powerful Upper House for expected approval by mid-June. The U.S.-drafted Constitution has never been revised since it took effect in 1947 during the U.S. occupation of Japan after its World War II defeat. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party has long viewed the Constitution as a reminder of Japan's humiliating defeat and made constitutional revision a key party platform. The party strengthened its efforts for a revision under Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, known for his nationalistic historical views and his support for a paternalistic society led by the emperor. Abe proposed changes to the Constitution, which renounces the use of force in settling international disputes, to officially give the country's Self-Defense Force the status of a full-fledged military, though experts say it isn't necessary because the SDF is already accepted internationally as the country’s military. Critics say the amendments proposed by the governing party reflect its view that Japan should be a “normal nation” with a full military, a stronger government and a society in which individual basic rights can be compromised for the national interest in times of emergency. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14346719 Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan 60% feel it is hard to raise children in Japan: gov't survey A total of 61.1 percent of people in Japan believe it is hard to raise children in the country, according to a recent government survey, which highlighted a perception of insufficient support for parenting compared with other nations. In contrast, overwhelming majorities in Sweden, France and Germany said in the survey conducted by Japan's Cabinet Office that it was easy to raise children in those countries. Grammatron Posts: 36411 Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2004 1:21 am Location: Los Angeles, CA ### Re: Japan Hey Anax, you raised Children in Japan, what is your take on the survey? shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan Witness wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 1:14 am Japan ruling party renews its push to revise pacifist Constitution Japan's governing party is renewing its push for its long-cherished goal of revising the country's pacifist Constitution, saying effective anti-coronavirus measures such as lockdowns aren't possible without an emergency clause in the charter providing enforcement and the limiting of private rights. The powerful Lower House of parliament, controlled by the governing party, on Tuesday approved revisions to a national referendum law that would lay the groundwork for a possible future vote on a charter revision. Constitutional amendments, however, remain a long shot because the hurdles are extremely high. Spoiler: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14346719 It may be politically difficult to amend the Japanese constitution but the procedure itself is easier than in the States. The first step is the same: Two-thirds of the national legislature pass the proposed amendment. The second step is where it gets easy. While we then require ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures, Japan merely requires a majority vote by the citizenry. shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan Grammatron wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 7:23 pm Hey Anax, you raised Children in Japan, what is your take on the survey? I know the question was directed to Anax. But from my experience raising kids in Japan seemed much harder than it needed to be. Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan Grammatron wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 7:23 pm Hey Anax, you raised Children in Japan, what is your take on the survey? I tend to agree. It's not easy. But I also kinda feel like raising kids is hard in general. In Japan, traditionally there has not been a lot of help either. It's definitely a two-person job. I couldn't imagine doing it alone. Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan https://i.imgur.com/ogZ3aCj.png shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan Anaxagoras wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 2:26 am 12-foot python on the loose in my town: Police hunt for 3.5-meter python last seen May 6 不明だった巨大ヘビがアパートの屋根裏で見つかる https://www.msn.com/ja-jp/news/national ... d=msedgntp Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan Thanks. If anyone's wondering, the article says that the snake was found in the ceiling. Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan Tokyo Olympics Will Be Held Even If Japan Emergency Continues, IOC Official Insists The Tokyo Olympics must go on, a senior International Olympics Committee executive said Friday. John Coates, the IOC vice president in charge of the Tokyo Olympics, said the Games would open even if the city and other parts of Japan were under a state of emergency because of COVID-19. Coates said the Games would go on even if Japan’s local medical experts advised against holding the Olympics. “The advice we have from the (World Health Organization) and all other scientific and medical advice that we have, is that — all the measures we have outlined, all of those measures that we are undertaking, are satisfactory and will ensure a safe and secure Games in terms of health,” Coates said. “And that’s the case whether there is a state of emergency or not.” Other IOC officials have previously set an end-of-June deadline for a decision on continuing with the Games, which are set to start on July 23. If the Games do not take place, they will be canceled instead of postponed, as they were in 2020. Japanese opinion polls indicate the populance is largely against against opening the Olympics on July 23. Japan is still largely unvaccinated, with just an estimated 2% undergoing the treatment. Tokyo, Osaka and several other prefectures are currently under a state of emergency caused by an increase in pandemic cases. Emergency measures are scheduled to end on May 31, but they are likely to be extended. The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will not have attendance from international travelers. Tokyo organizers made the decision along with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the national and local governments in Japan. Officials said today they would meet in April to discuss how many spectators already in Japan would be allowed into Olympic venues. https://deadline.com/2021/05/tokyo-olym ... 8/#respond In other news: No one's safe anymore: Japan's Osaka city crumples under COVID-19 onslaught Hospitals in Japan's second largest city of Osaka are buckling under a huge wave of new coronavirus infections, running out of beds and ventilators as exhausted doctors warn of a "system collapse", and advise against holding the Olympics this summer. Japan's western region home to 9 million people is suffering the brunt of the fourth wave of the pandemic, accounting for a third of the nation's death toll in May, although it constitutes just 7% of its population. The speed at which Osaka's healthcare system was overwhelmed underscores the challenges of hosting a major global sports event in two months' time, particularly as only about half of Japan's medical staff have completed inoculations. "Simply put, this is a collapse of the medical system," said Yuji Tohda, the director of Kindai University Hospital in Osaka. "The highly infectious British variant and slipping alertness have led to this explosive growth in the number of patients." Japan has avoided the large infections suffered by other nations, but the fourth pandemic wave took Osaka prefecture by storm, with 3,849 new positive tests in the week to Thursday. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-paci ... 021-05-24/ shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan It's still a bit early to say, but -- knock on wood -- things may have started to turn the corner in Osaka. https://covid19japan.com/ Scroll down to the "Most Active Regions -- Kansai" graph. Here's another. Scroll down to "Prefectures" and set the graph for "Osaka." https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html It says the Effective Reproduction Number in Osaka is currently 0.67. But, yes, there does not seem to be much excitement for the Olympics. On a personal level, let me say how happy I am at the prospect of having to put off international travel for yet another year so some corporate fucks can get their Olympic ad revenue bonuses. We're all in this together, right? Japan can't seem to pull its head out of its ass for vaccines. But the Olympics, hey that's different and stuff, man. Witness Posts: 35592 Joined: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:50 pm ### Re: Japan Hit by pandemic, struggling shops end ‘protection pay’ to yakuza A business operator in Tokyo is partly crediting the COVID-19 pandemic for bringing an end to an annoying, years-long practice: paying “protection” money to yakuza gangsters. “Although the money did not have a significant impact on our financial condition, I felt I should not pay it anymore,” he said. “I am relieved that I could kick the habit.” Around 100 restaurants and other stores in the capital stopped paying “mikajimeryo” fees to crime syndicates between January and March, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. About 20 of them reportedly said decreased sales caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic led to their decisions. “Many shops must be struggling in the coronavirus crisis,” an MPD official said. “Store managers forced to (pay gangsters) should first consult with police.” Handing over cash is the traditional method of payment for mikajimeryo, but many businesses have also been threatened into buying potable water and potted plants at extortionately expensive prices from yakuza-affiliated companies. Over the year-end holiday period, businesses are also forced to buy “kumade” good-fortune charms and traditional New Year ornaments featuring zodiac animals for thousands to tens of thousands of yen (dozens to hundreds of dollars). Police have been strengthening support for those shops, such as patrolling their outlets, so that they can reject gangsters’ demands without fear of reprisals. According to the MPD, an annual average of 390 to 510 stores in Tokyo stopped paying mikajimeryo over the decade through 2020. One shop operator had been paying the fees for half a century. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14347960 shuize Posts: 4937 Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:32 am ### Re: Japan Rural Japanese homes are selling for$500 or less

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Japan is riddled with millions of vacant homes, called akiya, that local governments hope will sell for next to nothing.

At last count, Japan’s Housing and Land survey found 8.49 million uninhabited dwellings in 2018 — a 3.2% increase in akiya since the previous survey interval in 2013.

All told, more than 13% of the country’s 62 million homes are unoccupied, especially in rural prefectures such as Wakayama, Tokushima, Kagoshima and Kochi. In these regions, the average rate of vacant homes is up to 18%.

A cheap rental in Wakayama near my paragliding club wouldn't be the worst retirement.*

But foreigners have no idea how fucking cold some of those old Japanese houses get in winter.

Also, old houses are usually demolished so the idea of getting something for $500 isn't necessary the bargain it looks to be.** Unless you're prepared to throw a significant amount into reform costs, it's like buying yourself a$20,000 ~ $30,000 demolition bill. Land holds value here. Houses do not. At least not like back in the States. On the other hand, I think mortgage interest rates have been under 1% for at least the last 15 years. So if you can get in somewhere and sit tight, you can beat paying rent. * Maybe for part of the year. I still hope to spend part of my retirement overseas. ** Also, anything in rural Japan means getting a car which can be a lot more expensive than in the States. https://nypost.com/2021/05/31/rural-jap ... 0-or-less/ Anaxagoras Posts: 29438 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: Japan shuize wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:18 am Also, old houses are usually demolished so the idea of getting something for$500 isn't necessary the bargain it looks to be.**

I'm guessing that any house selling for \$500 dollars is likely to be an unlivable ruin. Nature here doesn't take long to reclaim abandoned land. You may even find that wild animals have taken up residence.

I'd be a bit surprised if it's actually a house that you could just move into and live there without significant repairs.

Akiya: Vacant Houses in the Japanese Countryside for a Steal
What to be aware of with akiya

These houses are often old, unwanted and have sometimes been left empty for an extended period of time. So straight off the bat, making your akiya livable may require an investment to bring the house up to scratch. Depending on the age and construction method of the house, repairs could run into the millions of yen. If your plan is to bring the house up to a modern standard with things like insulation, soundproofing and new wiring, then you can add another zero to that cost. There may be subsidies available from the local municipal government for renovating akiya, so make sure you ask at the akiya bank (see below) about this.
That's interesting. The local government might even chip in a bit for some of the repairs. (millions of yen means tens of thousands of dollars; it sounds bigger than it really is).

It's inevitable in a country with a declining population. It's not only declining, but young people are moving from the rural areas to larger towns and cities.
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### Re: Japan

Anaxagoras wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:13 am

These houses are often old, unwanted and have sometimes been left empty for an extended period of time. So straight off the bat, making your akiya livable may require an investment to bring the house up to scratch. Depending on the age and construction method of the house, repairs could run into the millions of yen. If your plan is to bring the house up to a modern standard with things like insulation, soundproofing and new wiring, then you can add another zero to that cost.
That's interesting. The local government might even chip in a bit for some of the repairs. (millions of yen means tens of thousands of dollars; it sounds bigger than it really is).

It's inevitable in a country with a declining population. It's not only declining, but young people are moving from the rural areas to larger towns and cities.

"Modern things like ... insulation ..."

As I was saying.

I suppose there might be some good deals out there.

But adding another zero means at least a hundred thousand dollars in "reform" costs.

And there's usually a reason nobody has bought those houses for the land already (i.e. no local economy, etc.)
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### Re: Japan

Thousands of Tokyo Olympics volunteers quit - NHK

Around 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers who signed up to help at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have quit, broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday, citing organisers.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and are due to start on July 23.

Multiple opinion polls have shown that a majority of respondents are opposed to holding the Games this summer during the pandemic.
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sport ... 021-06-02/