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Posted in: Should Russian and Belarussian athletes be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international sporting events? See in context

Nope! Even if you play under a neutral flag, the home country still gets its buzz. The Olympics or FIFA want to say politics should be out of sport, but I guess they didn't tell the governments giving them a nudge nudge wink wink to get their events. I guess another way to look at it is, Should the olympics FIFA, be tacitly supporting the country they represent? Politics shouldn't be in sport, but I guess when a soccer player is inprisoned in Iran, or and other gay athletes that stand up for certain rights in their own country, A chess player doesnt wear a hijab, the karate champion executed, that FIFA, and the Olympics just say...pu! Not our problem mate! We're in it for the money! But then again, I guess if you're a minority, black, Lesbian, basketball player from the NBA USA...mountains move for them. I guess the most famous athlete I can think of that was imprisoned for refusing the draft. I guess politics sure came in then. Your pretty much out of luck if your from another country. Cause FIFA et al ain't gonna help! I wonder would we have let Hitlers Germany host the Olympics if we knew about the concentration camps and what they'd become? I guess we turned a blind eye to china too.

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Posted in: Republicans criticize Biden for waiting to shoot down Chinese balloon See in context

It’s incredible the republicans criticizing the military for not shooting this down earlier because it’s the military who will decide when to shoot it down, so that it is safe. Missiles, bullets, and debris fall down on places and people. Said the republicans when China flew how many balloons over the US while Treasonous Trump was in in control. FFS, support your military and say great job! Shooting it downs easy, now, where the debris lands is a different problem.

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Posted in: Man dies after being hit by train in Kagoshima See in context

Mr KiplingToday  07:26 pm JST

JR Kyushu said 10 services were suspended, affecting 700 commuters.

Very selfish of him. His last act in life was to disrupt the lives of hundreds of others.

I guess your the selfish one here.

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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

We may sometimes complain about Japan, but there is no doubt the public, are way way more savvy, intelligent about their finances than say your debt ridden average western person . First, they prefer cash. definitely the best way spend and save. where as in the west, the banks and companies try to trick your mind into spending your cash by using other means.EG, Credit Cards, Cash Cards, Apps. Anything, so basically you never see "REAL CASH" leave your wallet. Credit is the wests way to trick you into thinking it is NOT DEBT. but it is. So call credit card...DEBT CARD. Your mind will thank you for it. The whole economy is built on debt. The Japanese consumer are fully aware that debt/credit is the road to poverty, stress, anxiety and unhappiness. Where as in the west it is seen to be a road to happiness. The new trick on the US and Europe now is Buy Now Pay Later. Who in their right mind would think that's a great idea for someone who can't save. Forget about all the gimmicks, points, and cute characters on apps, Stick with a Wallet/Purse, and cash. It will visually, tactilely and mentally, along with the few extra thinking minutes, seconds, subconsciously allow you to apply the financial brakes. These points may seem small, and pointless to those who can manage their finances or are pretty well off, but if you're unable to manage your money, it's a great way to start out.Because you physically handing over cash, and you can visually see your wallet empty. Maybe it is also a reason When Japanese buy their homes, they understand, it's not about flipping homes. They can SAVE money, because they don't need to keep buying, new things for their third or fourth new home, which is why the housing market is too important in the West and why young people can't afford a house by themselves now. We could before, but not now. Another great reason are the multigenerational homes. What a fantastic way to save wealth! Remember if you're spending all your money, and not saving, you're giving it ALL to SHAREHOLDERS who are keeping your money. Lets give the Japanese housewife and consumer, credit where credit is due. ( oh I like the last line) LOL

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Posted in: U.S. to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turnaround See in context

I guess with the Minsk agreement, brokered by Germany, and France really didn’t learn from their every own history of appeasement. We signed the Budapest treaty where in return for Ukraine, gave up its nukes and we would guarantee it’s security. Russia, China, UK, France, Russia all signed up to. Russia shoots down an airliner and we didn’t do anything and then Crimea ,was invaded. More appeasement! More chances for Russia. Russia wants more. So the choice is, throw Ukraine under the bus? Or let Russia win? Or more appeasement. Ironically it was the complete defeat of The Nazis that returned europe to peace. I believe it is the same here.

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Posted in: U.S. to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turnaround See in context

Ukraine is going to get hammered over the next couple of months despite foreign weapons and that’s guaranteed.

ihave no love for Putin and don’t care about this current military lark but it’s going to happen big time.

Sadly I have to agree. Russia’s history has always shown how winter has been used to regroup, retrain, replenish, re-evaluate and wait for the enemy to deplete a lot of its ammunition. Russia is fully aware ,according to the news, that the new tanks are going to arrive in a few months. By that time Russia will have re-evaluated how it’s used it armor against Ukraine, replenished it’s infantry too.. I really hope Putin gets what’s coming, but the tanks should have been sent before December so crews are fully trained, and ready for the spring offensive, around march. Which is four weeks away. Russia has always seen quantity as a quality and history has shown that. From Napoleon to Hitler. More recently Iraq. The west over estimated Russia and under estimated Ukraine too. We shouldn’t be complacent. That would play into Putin’s hands.

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Posted in: Japanese shoemakers celebrate value of repairs with nod to King Charles See in context

OlrikToday  08:39 am JST

Some of King Charles’ shoes are older than 30 years and not only are the uppers patched but his batman (military aide who cares for wardrobe) uses the “bulling” method of shining where much shoe polish is melted and rubbed into the leather. This looks really shiny if done right but also causes a lot of cracking and is ugly close up…

Well bulling boots is different from polishing shoes. To prevent cracking you would need to break the boots in before bulling. I never had to melt the polish. We certainly melted the bees wax onto the boots, and then started to bull them up a little later at a time with kiwi. If the polish cracked it was because too much, was put on.Too thick. Still loved bulling my DM boots and putties.

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Posted in: Bye, bye, bye Delilah: Welsh choir won't sing Tom Jones classic amid 'toxic culture' See in context

So the article didn’t mention specifically why this song was banned.

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Posted in: Electric car sales gain pace despite hurdles See in context

Great! But what about people who live in apartment blocks? How are they gonna go electric?

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Posted in: Sushi chain reports diner who licked utensils in viral clip to police See in context

So they received an apology from the customer and the guardian!

clearly a child, but is there something more we are not being told, for example does the child have some kind of autism? Or not! Even if he does or doesn’t the guardian should take full responsibility for this. My guess is mum was too busy on their smart phone to notice or even care.

i don’t think we need to rain on the kid in public. Privately! Yes! But A company raining down on the kid on social media that will be there forever. Pretty sad!

we’ve all had kids do some bad stuff, but the company/adults shouldn’t get to humiliate them all over the internet.

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

voiceofokinawaToday  03:31 pm JST

One must know that Japan can't join in a military alliance with other nations due to its pacifist constitution, which outlaws war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state. Thus, joining NATO violates the Constitution, let alone signing various defense agreements with the U.S. including the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.

I totally agree but Japan has a knack of using vocabulary to circumvent their responsibilities. EG Child custody cases, Refugee status. Helicopter destroyers that can carry the F35C. Japan doesn't have to join to have military exchanges, military training, and have compatibility, share procurement .It is about the security of Japan,and receiving the support of NATO, because they are allowed to defend themselves, but can't help anyone else.

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

This seems to be a creeping membership of NATO, which isn't reciprocal. NATO was created as an alliance to defend Europe collectively . So why would NATO "as a group", wish to deepen a military alliance with Japan. I would say this is more about JAPAN wanting to deepen the relationship, without any of the mutual defence responsibility. By all means make relationships with countries, but the alliance is made of many countries who may not want to get involved with Japan. It might be better for Japan to make an alliance with say South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, NZ and others around the Pacific andSouth China Sea. However, I wouldn't expect Japan to send any military aid to any country if their past and present performance is anything to look at. Maybe some cooks, a few nurses, and doctor or two.But nothing meaningful. Maybe creat a PATO, Pacific Area Treaty Organization. I do believe China will take Taiwan in the future, its just a matter of A) the economic cost to democracies, ( CCP doesnt care about public opinion unless it threatens them) B) Demographics, China has a demographic of single young men, who can't get married, so Nationalism would be a great rallying call. Massive gender imbalance, and a great military resource for the CCP. C) if the CCP feels threatened, then they may try to use their nationalist leanings to rally public support. The past lock downs has given the CCP, great experience in controlling their population.Once TSMC moves production to the USA, then there will be no real need to go in. I hope it doesn't come to that!

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Posted in: Anti-insect laser gun turrets designed by Osaka University; expected to work on roaches too See in context

Today insects, next decade soldiers.

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Posted in: Is tipping getting out of control? Many U.S. consumers say yes See in context

Companies, like in the UK, realize they CAN rely on tips to substitute any wage rises. To cut their costs! If companies would pay their staff properly, instead of cutting them, people might be happier. Tipping is a choice, not a right, otherwise it’s just a part of the bill. So why not be up front and just put in on the bill, then we can decide to go into the shop or not, and the shop can pay their staff a decent wage. If you have to pay a tip, for no he staff to live on, then the companies aren’t paying their staff a living wage., and we’re subsidizing the companies shareholders.happy to live in a country where we don’t have to tip, and their citizens can all get good affords health care.

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Posted in: Is tipping getting out of control? Many U.S. consumers say yes See in context

Companies, like in the UK, realize they can’t rely on tips to substitute any wage rises. To cut their costs! If companies would pay their staff properly, instead of cutting them, people might be happier. Tipping is a choice, not a right, otherwise it’s just a part of the bill. So why not be up front and just put in on the bill, then we can decide to go into the shop or not, and the shop can pay their staff a decent wage. If you have to pay a tip, for no he staff to live on, then the companies aren’t paying their staff a living wage., and we’re subsidizing the companies shareholders.happy to live in a country where we don’t have to tip, and their citizens can all get good affords health care.

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Posted in: Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says See in context

Not popular at all and is probably just a fringe article and the authors opinion trying to fill his time, “oh must find some quirky Japanese thing to feed the gaijin”. That makes this an opinion. Piece. It’s gonna cost more to go to a Sento everyday, and a waste of time, inconvenient in the rain, snow, boiling hot summer, Not to mention when you feel sick, and I don’t think most people want to stand a sink washing them selves down at home because they can’t go to the Sento.I find myself getting more and more turned off by these kinds of articles.

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Posted in: Number of voice actresses in Japan hits record high, but is that a good thing? See in context

Probably just a way to force lower wages on them.

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

My proposal to solve the population problem. Increase immigration! That’s it really anything else will just slow the population decline, as inline with all other highly developed industrialized countries.

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

Oh we never saw that coming did we!

Sales tax will eventually reach about 20%.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

Awa no GaijinToday  01:37 pm JST

The bottom line is, as women become healthier, and much more educated, and become involved in the work force, they will never raise the brith rate no matter how much money or benefits they throw at it. 

I think there's many women in Japan that not only want a successful career but also want children and a family.

There's no reason why Japanese women shouldn't be allowed or capable to have both.

It's disgusting to use the low birthrate as an excuse for women in Japan to not be able to join whatever workforce they are capable of.

I’m sorry maybe you misunderstood my intentions. We are all for women and men having a family and working. But the reality is, as developing countries become richer, more educated, healthier, and wealthier, women who traditionally,( as they developed) looked after the children and the main economic driver was increased child birth rates because previously children died from malnutrition, poor health care etc etc , but as they all become more educated and wealthier, families, men and women, do NoT want a large family. So ofcourse women should enter the work force but sadly it is men who still expect women to do most of the child rearing. As the family become richer, and healthier they wish to spend their disposable income on university or the traveling abroad. So no matter how much money the Japanese government through at the problem women don’t want to have 3 or 4 kids. Ofcourse there are, but as past birth rates around the globe show, women are making different choices than their grandmothers. And that’s for the good of themselves and their families. Sorry if you misunderstood my previous comments. But I support any man or women who wants a family and a career. It just so happens people want to enjoy the freedom the money, career and a smaller family brings them.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

The bottom line is, as women become healthier, and much more educated, and become involved in the work force, they will never raise the brith rate no matter how much money or benefits they throw at it. Not unless the benefits of having 3 kids financially benefits the whole family, which once the kids grow up benefits the country. Look at Korea, the UK, France, Germany,Spain, Italy,Russia etc etc. Sadly! You would literally have to pay women to have kids to increase the birth rate.Or dare I say it, the "I" word.IMMIGRATION. or we work until we die. The worlds population will decline as every country becomes richer, healthier, cleaner, and with more choices. .Even China, and India. So maybe it's better to stop growing economically and just manage the balance and focus on making the people happy.

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Posted in: Turkey's president says no support for Sweden's NATO bid See in context

Said Turkey who went a bought the latest Russian surface to air missile system, against NATOs request. All this because Sweden accepted a few political refugees from Turkey and Erdogan doesn’t like it. Turkey wants all the privileges of NATO membership, while denying the very same protection to a country that imho most people have the most respect for. Unlike Turkey! I’ve gotta say this is why Turkey won’t ever be allowed into the EU.

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Posted in: Only 16% of 17 to 19-year-olds believe they will definitely marry: survey See in context

The above suggestion should also be extended to single parents.

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Posted in: Only 16% of 17 to 19-year-olds believe they will definitely marry: survey See in context

Might be useful to support women and men who decided to have kids with not only free kindergarten, schooling but also university and health care. We could, for example, keep the present system as today, but if a family have three kids then all three kids will ,if they wish, have free ,kindergarten,high schooling/ university, and the while the family pays 30% for health care, the whole family could get free health care if they had 3 kids until 45. And or until the kids graduate from college. The fear, worry and financial worry would be removed and would also be a benefit to the whole family, and the country and the kids themselves. The investment wouldn’t be seen until they all graduate from school/uni and because consumers and tax payers.

just an idea!

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Posted in: Japan’s ramen is too cheap; restaurants should raise their prices, famous soccer player says See in context

What an arrogant, ignorant, thoughtless privileged, rich man!

imagine telling primary schoolers or high schoolers out with their friends to pay 2000 yen a pop. Or single mother/father to give their kids 2000 yen for a bowl of ramen. Or the new immigrant workers earning minimum wage.And if Raman is raised to 2000 yen We can imagine what’ll others will raise the prices of other food to keep the price disparity.If this was the US we’d say a white rich privileged male. But I’ll keep race out of it.

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Posted in: Why are people moving in droves to Fukuoka Prefecture? We asked someone who did for some insight See in context

One guy, who was transferred there. Rather misleading article in my humble opinion. And frankly doesn't explain anything. I have to admit these articles are what I might calls false articles. What is the evidence to support that people re moving there, especially in a country with a falling birth rate? Surely we should be informed what is this city doing right so other cities can copy it. Anyway at least the population has increased by one salaryman his wife and two children. four!

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Posted in: Japan to roll out plans to back Ukraine at 'appropriate time,' U.S. official says See in context

This is code for “after the shooting stops” and we’ll give them loans and try and get some contracts. Maybe export some weapons post war. Pitty they can’t give Ukraine what they need NOW. Eg tanks, artillery, anti tank weapons. Japan still wants everyone to protect them, but still won’t help a country protect itself.

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Posted in: Police say 13-year-old girl has admitted killing mother See in context

Michael MachidaToday  04:57 pm JST

In Japan, children under 14 years of age cannot be held criminally responsible for their actions.

... and how does this make sense?

Quite easily. First not all 14 year olds are the same mentally.

They maybe 14 numerically, but emotionally and mentally,some cannot control their actions and may have the mental age of say an 7, 10 year old. Some 14 year old have mental illnesses.Including shizophrenia. Since we do not know much about the case, or the back ground I think I will keep an open mind.

The age is just there for the ease of the legal system to charge some one. It is then up the courts and judges, social workers and psychiatrists to then take a look at the whole picture. That's why they are called JUDGES.

Just to easy to look at an age, and then JUDGE! as though every 14 year old is the same as every other 14 year old.

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

LOL. The people keep voting the same party in power. And by saying they're increasing taxes for the older generation oficourse it will be supported by those that vote the most.Namely the pensioners, who outnumber the young. We should be looking at about European levels of sales tax, and since the opposition has four parties and there is only one in power, the opposition will always loose, as they can't work together for common good of the people. Until they come together, they will alway just be talking.

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

Oh I think those models look really great. Oh Sorry! We're talking about cars. Wrong models. LOL.

Anyway Toyota, really dropped the ball on this. They could have taken a massive lead on the TVs while also working on the fuel cell side project for the heavier trucks or cars.

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