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Kishida becomes 1st Japanese PM in 9 years to live in official residence

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Japanese people believe in weird superstitions.

And who is to say that they dont exist? There is no proof to say that those "superstitions" are not reality!

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Yes, nothing to see, because traditionally, mirrors are covered. lol

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Show up guy. Loves status symbols.

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Fun and informative small piece from the UK Guardian on 事故物件 (jiko bukken) or わけあり物件 (wake ari bukken) or "stigmatized (i.e. haunted) properties".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd_m2RevjPA

Note that public rumor had it that this was the reason that Abe didn't want to move in. Boss-man Suga didn't want either and if I recall Suga pointed to his wife's reluctance to move into the building (yup, the Boss-man hid behind his wife lol).

A small piece (from Sankei, a hysterically pro-LDP newspaper therefore above any agenda to mock an LDP-PM) on Abe and how the issue was discussed at an LDP-event back in 2013.

https://www.sankei.com/article/20130730-2KZBXN36GBNGFMASCEFIDKCKXQ/

It seems that Mori told him that he saw a ghostly apparition during his tenure as a PM. As Mori is an idiot, maybe he saw something, maybe not. But, as Mori is also a joker, maybe he just pulled Bocchan's leg and Bocchan fell for it. lol

To be fair, Bocchan and Suga are not the only ones to avoid the building like the plague.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%86%85%E9%96%A3%E7%B7%8F%E7%90%86%E5%A4%A7%E8%87%A3%E5%85%AC%E9%82%B8

(the highlighted "公邸"-items had the PM move in the building and that is actually a lot of PMs avoiding to move in...)

Here the site of the property. Architecturally definitely up my alley. I would love to visit it. Reminds me of Teikoku Hotel.

https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/guide/guide04.html

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Japanese people believe in weird superstitions.

Really? Ghosts?

Right, I mean ghosts are such a uniquely Japanese thing, never heard anyone outside of Japan mention them before.

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You won't believe it until it happens to you.

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Koizumi, before moving in, reportedly arranged for a Shinto priest to perform an exorcism.

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Kotei 公邸 is a well-designed and historical building. I would like to see around and inside it if a tour is arranged.

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Finally a pm that actually live in the building. It would really be a waste not to use a building that was build and maintained for the pm.

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Will his wife be sleeping there

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Some opposition lawmakers had criticized previous Liberal Democratic Party prime ministers for not living in the official residence, which costs the taxpayer 160 million yen ($1.4 million) per year to maintain.

How much now?

$1.4 M for what?

Are they rebuilding rooms every month?

Just knock it down, build a new 1LDK and then it doesn't have to be constantly maintained for at least 10 years or so. I'm sure it'll cost a lot less................OH.....I get it.

It "TAKES $1.4 M" per year. wink wink. I get it guys.

I see, I guess you gotta fund the kyabakuras some how.

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Japanese people believe in weird superstitions.

Really? Ghosts?

I think you will find members of every ethnic group under the Sun who hold that belief. My Chinese born engineer wife is adamant ghosts exist. I roll my eyes. It is a belief as old as Man.

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The relocation cut his commuting time from the three minutes 

So, it cut his commuting time how many seconds? Lol. That is a funny statement.

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He should move to Saitama and take the train for an hour every morning. Be a man of the people.

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How will he ”cherish” his family if he is in that residence or another while his wife is still in another residence? Just being vague…?

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"How will he ”cherish” his family if he is in that residence or another while his wife is still in another residence?"

Isn't that the Japanese way? Send salaryman to opposite end of the country to live a 1k dorm room and eat cup ramen in his stained underpants and vest while his wife and kids get on with their life in the family home?

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Right, I mean ghosts are such a uniquely Japanese thing, never heard anyone outside of Japan mention them before.

Not quite sure to take this sarcastically or not, seeing as how you refer to the "uniqueness" of Japan

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I recall a famous Governor of California who shunned the official mansion. Instead he rented a one room apartment across the street from the Capitol and walked to work.

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Yubaru,

And who is to say that they dont exist? There is no proof to say that those "superstitions" are not reality!

No proof to say that they do either. It's just the genuine fear and panic is what gets to me in Japan. Not so much that they believe in ghosts.

But If something weird happens to Mr. Kishida, I might throw a few extra 5 yens at the shrine from now on.

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