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Japan to extend additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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Government doing nothing for its own people yet throwing money around to others!

21 ( +33 / -12 )

All the money thrown in to Ukraine and you won't have any idea where it is really going. If you have money to burn, spend it here on welfare for the poorer and elderly in japan.

16 ( +28 / -12 )

Kishida is generously throwing money away because it’s not his money. If it were he’d be more careful in speaking it.

15 ( +22 / -7 )

$100 million

Good Japan use dollar, if Japan yen were used recipient will get less money amid weaker Yen.

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

No details whatsoever. Where is the money coming from and in whose pockets will it end up?

22 ( +31 / -9 )

Government doing nothing for its own people yet throwing money around to others!

That can be said about all countries giving money to Ukraine including your own.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

What most everybody above says... there are far better uses domestically than flushing this money down the Ukaine...

11 ( +18 / -7 )

Lots of money for other countries, right?

8 ( +15 / -7 )

You can fund a war but can’t help the poor.

8 ( +18 / -10 )

Us taxpayers will foot the bill as always. This money is just going into a black hole...

7 ( +13 / -6 )

I think it was better to invest these moeny in own taxpayers who are having hard times now because of many reasons but yes-clown will prefer to throw cash in black hole...

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in Germany to attend the Group of Seven leaders summit, said on Tuesday that Japan will extend an additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

why? Because everyone there was doing it, suddenly he had to do it? How old is he? Like a kid following the pack.

and is Japan even going to send the money? Or just say they will, but won’t so that high ranking officials can just pocket it?

or just to cover up some BS they’ve wasted money on already?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Sending money to Ukraine while J corp does business with Russia as usual. Saving face while directly profiting from the forces that are causing the war.

"Aid" in a nutshell, not just in Ukraine.

0 ( +11 / -11 )

$100 million dollars of aid for Ukraine, but a meager 2,000 "conservation points" to help you with your soaring electricity bills. That's almost laughable, but I'm not laughing.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

$100 million dollar aid, and ask me to turn off AC in 38 degree weather. LMFAO.

17 ( +22 / -5 )

What is going on? Where is this money coming from? Most of all, what is the merit of aiding a country that has nothing to do with Japan while, at the same time, Japan's economy is in dire straits?

6 ( +13 / -7 )

Our tax money being sent to enrich Zelenskyy and his cronies. Japan, WAKE UP!

6 ( +12 / -6 )

There goes some more tax money out the door to one of the most corrupt countries in the world. #122

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

Not much empathy here huh? People are dying from thirst and hunger there. It's literally less than 1 USD per person that they're offering to Ukraine!

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

Nice! Very good move!

They need to give as much financial aid or loans to the outside countries before the yen will collapse.

With new currency old loans will be golden!

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

It's literally less than 1 USD per person that they're offering to Ukraine!

100 million dollars for 33 million people, minus the 10 million who left already?

USA gave 54 billion dollars at least. I don’t think Japan needs to send some too.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

100 mil for Ukraine, concrete squids for Japan!

I'm all for helping Ukraine and think this is an illegal war that Russia should pay for, but we'll be lucky if 10% of this money actually goes to helping the people suffering in Ukraine.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Japan to extend additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

How quaint.

This week, did Moteki, the LDP Secretary-general cause a massive stir when he answered that if (you) want the VAT reduced or abolished that (you) will need to take a 30 percent cut in (your) pension payments.

So, when it comes to:

.throw 9 tri at the Linia Maglev-train

.throw 4 tri at the olympics: no problem

.double the defense expenses: no problem

. donate 13 bio JPY to Ukraine: no problem

.maintain the social security and pension system: difficult

.decrease/abolish VAT: impossible, unless you basically scrap social security and the pension system

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/d41f48141afd116b250c8d2521c6b4470e8e3463

What about for a change, stopping throwing money:

.you don't have at other countries to look "generous" and "buy" yourself "friends"

.at shiny but unsellable pointless junk like the Linea Maglev-train

.at useless and money-loosing events such as the olympics

.at random attempts to somehow "crank up" defense and which always end up in buying ever increasingly expensive stuff abroad

.at herds and herds of white elephants you simply can't afford to keep

and for a change to start to invest in this country's future and the present of its inhabitants????

5 ( +10 / -5 )

So with the one hand Japan sends money to Ukraine, and with the other it continues to do business as normal with Russia (only 3% of Japanese firms have left Russia, as reported on this site), supporting Putin's war machine with taxes. Two-faced much?

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

So with the one hand Japan sends money to Ukraine

That's the government...

and with the other it continues to do business as normal with Russia (only 3% of Japanese firms have left Russia, as reported on this site)

...and those are private firms.

So are you suggesting that the Japanese government should tell their companies who they are and aren't allowed to do business with? Are you advocating a CCP-style authoritarianism for Japan? Or if not, then what exactly is your point?

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

I hope they realize grain and flour can be extremely explosive.

It wouldn't surprise me if Putin seized all the grain or targeted it for destruction.

There might never be a harvest at the rate the war is going.

Its reasonable to assume that Russia and China will soon be tired of playing the game with Japan.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Only 3% of Japanese firms have left Russia

A CCP -authoritarianism for Japan ? What exactly is your point?

Well...obviously the commenters point is Japan's double standards !

Authoritarianism in Japan is alive an well.

It helps to pay attention if you want to be educated.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

I do hope someone is keeping track of the money going to Ukraine and I don't mean a Ukrainian, I mean an independent outsider.

Even if you support Ukraine unconditionally, you do need to remember.

Before the war Ukraine was the second most corrupt country in Europe (Russia was obviously number one) and it was so corrupt it was even more corrupt than many developing countries we assume are corrupt.

So billions upon billions of dollars thrown at a place of known high corruption needs to be carefully watched.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Are you advocating a CCP-style authoritarianism for Japan?

No, I'm advocating sanctions against Russia in response to its brutal invasion of Ukraine.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

'Additional' $100 M, how much such aid has been spent in Ukraine before?

He is showing off, buying credibility for himself in international political arena.

Would it not be wiser to spend the money for nation's elders?..

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Strangerland

Today 09:59 am JST

So with the one hand Japan sends money to Ukraine

> That's the government...

> and with the other it continues to do business as normal with Russia (only 3% of Japanese firms have left Russia, as reported on this site)

> ...and those are private firms.

Yep and that was a typical hit piece on Japan.

Pointing out 3% and saying only 4 out of 168 companies.

29% of USA companies pulled out sounds great better than Japan, right?

Oops depending on the method of counting the USA has anywhere from 503 (official from the group that pointed out the 3% ) or over 1000 operating in Russia.

So if we use the 503 29% pulled out (146 according to the data) the USA still has a minimum of 357 companies doing business in Russia.

Now Japan 164 still operating USA 503 the USA has 193 more companies still in Russia than Japan.

And the numbers are similar with the rest.

Japan has very little presence in Russia compared to UK, Canada and the USA.

Nice hit piece though

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you do need to remember.

Before the war Ukraine was the second most corrupt country in Europe (Russia was obviously number one) and it was so corrupt it was even more corrupt than many developing countries we assume are corrupt.

I don't remember this. Anything to support it? All I have so far is the context that you have a hatred for Ukraine, and think the world should leave Ukrainian civilians to die without support because Yemen. With only this context, I have to admit, I find your unsupported claim above to not be particularly plausible. But I'm open to you supporting it.

Also, I'm having troubles with finding your logic anyways. "The people of Ukraine should be left to die because the government was corrupt so it's ok"? I'm not sure how that logically makes sense.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Now Japan 164 still operating USA 503 the USA has 193 more companies still in Russia than Japan.

Are you suggesting the USA become authoritarian and tell US businesses who the can and cannot do business with?

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

No, I'm advocating sanctions against Russia

Again I am waiting for someone to give an example where sanctions worked?

Did/are sanctions working on North Korea? No they are still building nukes and missiles.

Did/are sanctions in Cuba? No

Did/are sanctions working on Iran? Well 40 years now and still No.

One commented they worked on South Africa, well if you consider the first sanctions were in 1964, more in 72 then more in 77 then more in 86 and apartheid only ended in 1994 then I guess they did but minimum of 8 years or was it 30 years?

Russia has all it's own resources nearly self-sufficiency in a better position than Cuba, Iran or North Korea.

So again how are sanctions going to work on Russia.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results.

Well here we are doing the sanction thing that has failed everytime.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Again I am waiting for someone to give an example where sanctions worked?

Um, Russia just defaulted on their debts. The oligarchs have lost their money outside Russia. Russia is cut off from the banking world, and are unable to get imports of massive quantities of goods. Western brands are leaving at an exodus.

Methinks you probably have some extremist binary definition of what you believe to be "working", whereby if Putin doesn't get off his horse, put on a shirt, get down on his knees, bow to the ground, and declare the USA as the absolute winner, then the sanctions haven't worked.

Or, if I'm wrong, what would you consider to be "working"?

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Ah yes, not-at-all financial black hole that is Ukraine, that model of fiscal probity, rule of law and a high ranking on the anti-corruption index. Okay, go ahead, give them billions and billions of other people's money, it's a sure thing, right?

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Strangerland

Today 10:43 am JST

Now Japan 164 still operating USA 503 the USA has 193 more companies still in Russia than Japan.

> Are you suggesting the USA become authoritarian and tell US businesses who the can and cannot do business with?

No pointing out how the information was set up to make Japan look bad.

It gave the 3% then the number of companies 4 and 168

Then without context pointed out UK 48% , Canada 33%, USA 29% pulled out not giving the numbers.

Making it look like Japan was the outlier when in fact Japan had the least presence and even after the other Countries pulled out they still have more presence and companies operating in Russia.

So I call that a hit piece.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Well here we are doing the sanction thing that has failed everytime.

That's what all the North Korean tourists I've met out and about in the world tell me.

Or I imagine they would, if they could ever afford to get out of North Korea. The sanctions have ruined them though.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Strangerland

Today 10:42 am JST

you do need to remember.

> Before the war Ukraine was the second most corrupt country in Europe (Russia was obviously number one) and it was so corrupt it was even more corrupt than many developing countries we assume are corrupt.

> I don't remember this. Anything to support it?

Poor strange no idea how to use Google.

Herehttps://tradingeconomics.com/country-list/corruption-index?continent=europe

And

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/most-corrupt-countries

There are plenty more sites and data available.

You can find whichever you want.

Ukraine is usually somewhere around Philippines, Sierra Leone, etc...

Sorry if facts are not to your liking.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Japan essentially is a western country. Of course they are going to give humanitarian aid. That’s what Japan is good at. As far as the Japanese government helping their own people, I actually think the government treats their own people, foreigners included, better than the US. If you’re destitute, get a job or piggyback off of welfare, which every unemployed Japanese resident is entitled to.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Would it not be prudent to not give away free money when the boj feel the need to continue printing more money out of economic necessity? A period of austerity and cut backs would not be a bad thing for Japan instead of just going more into debt-surely?

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Strangerland

Today 10:53 am JST

Well here we are doing the sanction thing that has failed everytime.

> That's what all the North Korean tourists I've met out and about in the world tell me.

> Or I imagine they would, if they could ever afford to get out of North Korea. The sanctions have ruined them though

I see another attempt at turning a failure into a win.

I guess NK wasn't firing any missiles recently just my imagination and that of the rest of the world.

I guess I missed when democratic elections were held in NK and Kim lost.

So basically you are happy the people in NK are suffering but the government and elite are still doing just fine.

So is that what sanctions are for hurting the most vulnerable?

Ok nice to know, you must be happy.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

So is that what sanctions are for hurting the most vulnerable?

No.

You still haven't defined what "working" means.

And you still haven't explained why we should let the people of Ukraine be murdered in their own nation, without care.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Strangerland

Today 11:12 am JST

So is that what sanctions are for hurting the most vulnerable?

> No.

> You still haven't defined what "working" means

Ok you tell us what the Sanctions are supposed to a achieve?

The collapse of the regime? Lets see, Cuba? No, Iran? No. Venezuela? No, North Korea? No.

So I guess that isn't the objective because if it is then across-the-board failure.

Make the elite suffer or have a hard life? Lets see: Cuba? No. Iran? No. Venezuela? No. Noth Korea? No.

Hurt the poor working class or make their lives worse?

Cuba? Yes

Iran? Yes

Venezuela? Yes.

North Korea? Yes.

So unless you can tell us what you call successful sanctions are, it seems clear they are not doing anything more than hurting those without power.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Oh, and you still haven't defined what "working" means.

Actually it is you that should be telling us what working means as you claim they do work but cannot give a single example of sanctions having worked!

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

I can understand the Biden’s family connection to Ukraine, and the UKs reliance on Ukrainian Mafia supplying young escort girls to the UK, by why Japan? Is it some grudge about four northern islands last century?

I live in Japan and only eat two meals a day…

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@blacklabel: I meant the government is essentially giving 1USD from each of the ~100 million residents of Japan. I don't think it's worth people complaining about how it could have been used here (to buy everyone an onigiri) instead.

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You cannot even give a single example of sanctions working but say I need to tell you what I mean by working.

Yeah. How can I give you an example, when I don't know what your definition of the word means.

If it means that Putin gets down on his hands and knees and begs forgiveness, then no, I can never give you an example of sanctions working.

If the definition is quarantining a nation from the rest of humanity and leaving them to live in their own foulness, then North Korea is your answer.

If it means something else, then I need to know what it means before I can tell you.

But you sure seem secretive as to how you would clarify sanctions as "working". Comes across as shady. Notice how I answer all your questions, but you just get angry and shady? Hmmm?

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Readers, no more bickering please.

@ Rodney

I hope that you have some friends around to help you out.

And,

obviously Russia just has to look east to get what it wants,

China, India and all the other eastern countries won’t or cannot give up the chance to buy oil cheaply.

Sanctions have a greater effect on

countries lile

NK but Russia is an enormous country.

Whatever they need can be developed over time-sanctions are useless

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Kishida is incredibly irritating. Busy busy busy, but not actually doing anything.

How I wish Japan had a better prime minister that the good people deserve.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

If a majority of people living in Japan stopped paying taxes,

I'm thinking attention would be paid to our requests to take care of us, first.

This is our money, they're playing with.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Not like at around 250% of GDP we don't already have enough debt......

Would love to see a detailed accounting of this going to help the poor Vasily in the street. More likely Superman and his cronies will get the lions share.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

All for helping people in need but tax payers in Japan need a break too. Extend some of that help to the people that are funding your expenditure.

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My father used to say, take care of home first then it’s okay to help others in needed!

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At the same time the J government is fighting anyway possible not to pay any claims to the people affected by the Fukushima disaster.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I wish that $ 100,000 Million will be for our salary increment, better pension pay, food prices subsidy and so on.

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"I wish that $ 100,000 Million will be for our salary increment, better pension pay, food prices subsidy and so on."

Too many zeros.

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For all those complaining, 100 million is not a lot. Tokyo Olympics cost 13.6 billion dollars, which benefitted absolutely no-one, and continues to be a burden on those responsible for the upkeep of the Olympic premises. At least this money is being given to people who actually need it. People who have lost their homes, their jobs, their savings, and in cases their family and friends.

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So many anti Ukraine posts is saddening. No sympathy to assist an invaded people, most by pro Russian posters to be sure. Japan is giving assistance to a battered people and anyone who complains shows their complete lack of decency and morality. The money can not be better spent than helping those whose lives are in immediate danger through warfare thrust upon them by a Nation intent on expanding its borders and murdering any who stand in it's way.

Well done Japan and all other nations sending help to Ukraine. It is needed. It is appreciated. It is the right thing to do.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

You cannot even give a single example of sanctions working

Sanctions against South African apartied regime worked as it collapsed and inclusive democracy was adopted with everyone getting one vote. That would be one example of sanctions getting the desired result, or of sanctions working.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

100 million dollars? The people living in Japan could sure do with some of that right now. With the pathetic falling yen, this 100 million Dollars gift is getting more and more expensive everyday in poison yen terms.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Is Japan that wealthy??!

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