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Posted in: Tokyo police raid political group over election campaign obstruction See in context

The two, along with another in their camp, allegedly used loudspeakers to interrupt rivals' campaigns and chased after other camps' vehicles, disrupting traffic, according to the sources.

Thats all, and the LDP makes slush funds hardly anything happens. Real priorities of this country.

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Posted in: Nissan net profit nearly doubles despite China challenges See in context

Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month as Nissan net profit nearly doubles despite China challenges

Inflated Sales tax + lov valued currency. Exactly what is wrong with this country today

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Posted in: What do you think is the most recognizable logo in the world? See in context

The Caduceus, its the symbol of a staff and two serpants which is used as a symoble of medicine.

Other two logos I can think that are more famously know are the cross used in Catholic or Christian religions, the star of David, and other religious symbols.

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Posted in: More Japanese women buying Valentine's Day chocolates for themselves See in context

I don't like chocolate so I buy chocolate for my wife and daughters on Valentines day as well as make them their favorite dinner.

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Posted in: Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate See in context

This Shinkan Sen is a complete waste of money not to mention a great hazzard when it comes to Earth Quakes,

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Posted in: Many Japanese outside major urban areas do not engage with foreigners: survey See in context

I have experience living in various places in the Kansai region and Hokuriku. I also travel frequently through chuubu region and Tohoku. My wife is from Aomori. I find the most difficult region to get along with other Japanese is the Kanto and Tohoku regions. Through my experience living on Noto Hanto in Noto cho for the past seven years and now after the earthquake I still find the Japanese more open and friendly towards me and other foreigners who are long term residents here. I actually find this region the most favoriable for foreigners in Japan. Just another reason why I really love this region even after the earthquake.

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Posted in: City hit hard by quake had highest rate of old homes See in context

What this article mentions is homes build before 1981. What it does fails to mention is that homes built between 1950 and 1981 were quickly and badly built. As a resident of Noto Cho seeing the damage first hand in Suzu, Wajima, Anamizu, Noto Cho, and Northern Nanao most homes that were built between 1950 and 1981 were seriously damaged or destroyed showing the bad craftsmanship and mentality of the Showa time period. This is one of the reasons why I chose to buy a home from the end of Meiji and Early Taisho era. You can see homes built on Noto Hanto in the Meiji, Taisho, and beginning of the Showa era up to 1950 most of these homes and there are many in Noto Cho and Suzu faired very well this Earthquake. My home built over 100 years ago sustained minimal damage especially to the foundation. Where I live many people own homes similar to mine and also faired very well too due to the well built architecture which were made for earthquakes. The thinking of this time period where homes were for generational living no only one generation were to live in the home but many generations to follow this is why homes build prior to 1950 were very well built here.

This opens up a very deep question about the future Naikai Earthquake. How will homes fair that were built between 1950 to 1980 will fair in Shizuoka, South Osaka, Nagoya, Wakayama, and other parts of southern Japan because there are far more in all of these prefectures and cities than on Noto Hanto.

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Posted in: Japan earthquake survivors battle unsanitary conditions with no running water See in context

I'm live in Noto Cho in an area called Yanagida Mura. There is no water in some places like Ushitsu and parts of Yanagida but you still can't use it to do anything. We are getting water daily from the Japanese Military as well as a bath house by the military which you can take a bath any day from 2pm to 9pm. There is plenty of food you can buy from Shinya Super which is the local supermarket. Though doing laundry is difficult, I go from Noto cho to the coin Laundry in Hakui city which is about 70km away to do laundry. Other than that the situation here is liveable and all of the locals here are helping each other. Its a difficult situation but we getting by.

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Posted in: Some are leaving quake-hit Wajima, but one fish seller determined to rebuild See in context

As a resident of 石川県鳳珠郡能登町my life my family my business was directly effected by this. 輪島、穴水、珠洲市、all within a 20minute drive from where I live and I was in all of these places on 12/30 and 12/31 preparing for the New Years with my family. Its just devistationg to think back what it was and in a matter of a minute what these things can do to peoples lives. Wifi came back on just a few days ago. Even though it effected my family and I directly we Love this Noto its culture and natural beauty and will not leave it. Even after this earthquake my family and I will continue to live here in Yanagida and rebuild. 能登半島頑張ろう!伝統的な文化と建物残そう!

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Posted in: What are your fondest childhood memories of Christmas? See in context

Weinacthsmarkt, was always fun with good memories.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs record ¥7.95 trillion defense budget for 2024 to accelerate strike capability See in context

Cabinet OKs record ¥7.95 trillion defense budget for 2024 to accelerate strike capability

Then strike ability to hit your own budget with higher taxes in 2026 to accelerate the big pockets of the government with no harm to coporate Japan because at some time in the next few decades, maybe within a century just maybe big Japanese corporations will higher salaries, LOL!

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Posted in: Japan to partially lift ban on ride-hailing services from April See in context

Though it wasn't really required, I actually got a 2種運転免許 (professional license) on my own for my own hospitality business years ago to take my clients to and from Kanazawa station or Noto Satoyama Airport. Never wanted or had any ambitions to drive a taxi for a company in this country.

The partial lifting will allow drivers with a standard license to offer taxi services using their own vehicle in areas and times when taxis are in short supply, on the condition they are under the management of a taxi company.

Its the 個人Taxi Law that makes it so difficult, this states that a person with a professional license who wants to accept clients on there own must work for a Japanese company for three years and have a safe driving record, no accidents, and, no traffic violations. If the drives misses even a stop sign they will have to be a slave to a Japanese taxi company for 10 years before they can file an application for even becoming a 個人taxi driver.

A full lifting on a ban on ride-hailing services such as Uber that directly connects private car owners with individuals seeking transportation, is still under discussion, with a decision to be made by June next year.

Why the above will never be lifted and I'm certain if it is the government will require a 2種免許証which it absolutely should be required to even drive clients from one place to another. This means the car will have to have a green license plate and more than likely require several (車検) every few months and more strict rules and regulations.

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Posted in: Japanese companies should make quick decisions: Thai PM See in context

Note on above not decisives, decisions.

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Posted in: Japanese companies should make quick decisions: Thai PM See in context

When Japanese make quick decisives: My Number is a great example of what can happen.

Any new technology such as EVs, the development process needs to be handled slowely with care to avoid an unforseen issues. Time needs to be taken.

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Posted in: Kishida expected to overhaul scandal-plagued cabinet later Wednesday See in context

The tax man should overhaul himself out with his cabinet!

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Posted in: Character for tax (税) picked as kanji of 2023 See in context

Kishida's favorite word.

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Posted in: Tokyo makes high school free for all families, even the rich ones See in context

In my country University is free, why not make High school free for everyone in Japan no matter your class.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to do utmost to tackle negative impact of price hikes See in context

The simple solution is get rid of 消費税(sales tax) all together or ban it on food and life essential items. This will never be done because everytime the price goes up its essentially a tax increase for these schwine hutes in this government.

Another solution is increase taxes on all big companies that are reaping the benefit on the weak yen , take government funds, and hord cash that refuse to increase salaries. These companines should be fined and have their tax increased exponentially. This will never happen because how much the LDP schwines are associated with big companies.

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Posted in: Do you think alliances like the G7, G20, the Global South, or even the United Nations do anything to stop wars and other conflicts around the world? See in context

Useless are these organizations.

Yes the disease called the treaty of versailles that ended the world war one still plagues this world today. Versailles, just hearing that treaty being spoken stirs up negative emotion in me and my family.

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Posted in: Do you refer to the X social media platform by its current name, or do you still call it Twitter? See in context

I do not use the platform I never did and prefer to use other forms of Social Media for business. In my opinion I never liked the name twitter and found the name kind of annoying and I like the new name X far better however really doesn't give any meaning to what the site actually does.

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Posted in: G7 sets out guiding principles for AI developers to address risks See in context

Japan's Blind trust in absurd technologies such as Robots and AI is dangerous.This technology should be heavily regulated world wide to uses in only in space, advances in medicine, solving environmental problems, and working in places where humans cannot survive. Thats it, limiting its uses in the safest possibly way.

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Posted in: Love Cup Noodle mystery meat pieces? New instant ramen is packed full of ’em See in context

Horrible food!

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Posted in: Do you think there will be many functioning democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now? See in context

Most of the people answering this question were more than likely born in democracies likely from English speaking countries. Being from a country that was not a democracy until my country was united in the early 1990s. Do you really know what it is like to live under as one commentor quoted as the machine?

Yes I'm skeptical and not very fond of democratic rule and often reflect on the times long gone, however I'm happy with the changes in my own country that it has brought and where it is today. What people in the west and Japan needs to realize is the power you have when you can choose your own leader, the fact that you can vote in or out your own leader is a gift. DO NOT LOOSE IT. Problem money has too much power now and this is the main issue that leads to division. Money above all else and democracies have the ability to keep this in check because you have the say of who you want to rule. Keep going down this path and regret it after this is taken away or do what is hard and change it NOW,

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Posted in: Go-kart ride See in context

This annoyance again. I hope it stays away from Kyoto because it was annoying back in 2019. This needs to go extinct as it should have with the beginning of the pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

Welcome to overgreedism!

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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

The government will try to take every yen out of Japanese and foreign tourists or tourists in general from this point on. Expect nothing but total and absolute greed for every yen this government can get their hands on.

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Posted in: Ibaraki ranked ‘least attractive’ among Japan’s 47 prefectures in survey See in context

Been to Ibaraki city in Osaka but never Ibaraki Ken. In fact Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Chiba are the only three prefectures I have never visited yet on Honshu. Would like to visit and see why its ranked so low.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks or sweets? See in context

Yatsu Hashi and Nama Yatsu Hashi

Not really a snack but Hori 551 Butaman. As well as Oyaki from Nagano Ken.

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Posted in: Is buying a house in Japan a good financial investment? See in context

I live on Noto Hanto and many homes here are very large over 100 years old and very well built. My home is a 13 LDK built at the end of the Meiji era. It was reformed several times over the years and I bought it for 200 万 years ago. It didnt need much reforms but my wife and I refomed it put in a modern bathroom, kitchen, new entrence way and removed one of the tatami rooms and put in flooring. Great home so for us it was a great investment. With the reforms the value of the home also has risen, we love it and would never sell it.

For investment buying and reforming apartments in the Kansai region to rent is a good investment. Buying an expensive home built between 1955 and today just to live is not a good investment.

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