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Posted in: Japan inflation falls to BOJ target of 2% See in context

I’m hoping the prices have gone up and won’t get pushed up every year. Year on year just so the government can allow inflation to whittle away at the national debt. Which is basically the real reason governments want some controlled inflation.

as western inflation eases I hope japans inflation falls even further. Giving some relief to consumers. Inflation only really hurts consumers. Or so the government’s keep telling us.

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Posted in: Minivan carrying 8 children overturns in Aomori See in context

AlongfortherideToday  05:57 pm JST

And how many of them were wearing seatbelts?

I think this is a legitimate question since it appears kids don't NEED to wear a seatbelt "every time" they are in a vehicle. I have to wonder what the actual law is.

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Posted in: Do you think the performance of the stock market in a country reflects the performance of the economy as a whole? See in context

Of course not. We’ve fallen for the excuse our nations ills are based on some disabled person,immigrants, LGBTQ or an unemployed person (who’s looking for a job) rather than looking UP at the multi billionaires, millionaires, companies who can dodge tax, hide money off shore, and treats stocks and shares as earning, but say they earn nothing. Maybe we should be looking UP, rather than down and asking………. Who really is benefiting from the minimum wage and forcing people to tip to top up peoples living wage.

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Posted in: TSMC diversifies out of Taiwan with new Japan plant See in context

TaiwanIsNotChinaToday  02:41 am

The US was defending Taiwan for 50 years before semiconductors rose to prominence. There is the risk, though, that MAGA will turtle as always

i agree. However, Kissingers theory that once China was brought into the fold, recognized, and become a rich country. The public in China would demand something else.Freedom, democracy and free speech. Sadly non have come to pass. This recognition by the US, and not towards Taiwan,(as it is locked out of many international organisations) has possibly encouraged The CCP to see things more politically and democraticly externaly by using our democracy and free speech and it china economic power to undermine Taiwans legitimacy. Eventually when so few countries actually recognise Taiwan as a member country the UN, they could say ( I’m not saying they will) that Taiwan is t even a country that’s only recognised by so few. Then they will use our right to free speech, and democracy to influence public opinion, against doing anything. I think Hong Kong is a good example of how we all believed Hong Kong might change china but that’s not reality. This isn’t just a military, logistics problem, its how china uses our freedoms to influence the narrative, long term that is. The UN removed the ROC seat to the PRC. And it’s been down hill all the way. A big mistake by the USA, and the security council. Nixon also removed all nuclear weapons from Taiwan.( kinda similar to Ukraine). And Carter basically de- recognised Taiwan and followed by Reagan forcing Taiwan to give up its own nuclear middle plans. So I see a gradual distancing from Taiwan over the decades.

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Posted in: TSMC diversifies out of Taiwan with new Japan plant See in context

I think this move may weaken Taiwan's position because there is less of a compelling reason to come to Taiwan's aid. Once China has developed its carrier fleet, and the US is distracted by another war, or a recession, or China's economy takes a turn for the worse, China may take Taiwan and Taiwan will be left it its own devices. I will also add the USA, France, the UK, and Russia all offered Ukraine the same security guarantees under the Budapest agreement if they agreed to give up their nukes. So security assurances and security guarantees can be interpreted very differently. Furthermore, the Mutual Defence Act between the US and Taiwan elapsed. And the New Taiwan /USA treaty was started around the 1980s and doesn't guarantee any military aid. I think the USA is a bit flakey regarding other people's wars. China could take Taiwan and put a sea/air exclusion zone in place, and these two massive nuclear states will not enter into a hot war. if anything I think this could reduce the reasons for the US to get involved if the CCP decide to take Taiwan.

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Posted in: Japan's Nikkei closes at all-time high, breaking bubble era record See in context

Wall Street, the Nikkei, and the FTSE 100 aren't the real economy. The real economy is what people have in their pockets and banks. And the governments ask us to invest in the stock market. Forcing us to invest in the stock market, while at the same time paying for pensioners of today. So in 45+ years, the only people who will get a state pension will be those who were so poor/disabled they couldn't invest, or the people who invested lost everything. The bottom line is, that the future state pension will be means-tested.

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Posted in: Origami support See in context

Putin must be laughing his head off. And I can’t imagine what the Ukrainian ambassador must be thinking. Wars are fought with weapons and won with men, not words or paper cranes. I really want to know who’s idea that was. Give a soldier the choice between more artillery or a billion cranes….. they’ll take the artillery every single time.

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Posted in: More than half the world faces high measles risk, WHO says See in context

zibalaToday  12:10 pm JST

The WHO incredibly praised China's handling of the Covid crisis.

THE WHO has also criticised china for its handling of the crisis and its reporting, and still complains it hasn't had adequate information. Whether we like it or not the WHO has to work with China. And the CCP doesn't have to work with any organisation it doesn't like.So the WHO has to balance, people's health and working with the communist party.

UNICEF reports 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa did not introduce the necessary second measles vaccine dose, so apparently the WHO did not get through to the dictators there.

The WHO doesn't have to be perfect to meet your or my level of satisfaction. The WHO has to deal with those countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and also has to deal with an uneducated population, rumours, and myths. Even gender issues come into play when it comes to access to vaccines. Afghanistan is a perfect example with some religious leaders who are against vaccinations and have a larger sway over the population. Sadly some leaders don't want to work with the WHO. That's not the WHO's fault.

Measles is one of the leading causes of death in children in the sub-Saharan African nations. This is because of anti-vaxers in those countries?

As I mentioned before some of those countries have a population that is poorly educated, have poor health care systems, and certain religious leaders may be against vaccinations, due to misinformation and religious beliefs. Niger, Nigeria and Liberia are good examples where religious leaders promoted prayer over vaccines. Anti-vaxers aren't just on YouTube or Facebook. Some Muslims/countries may have heard that the vaccines are not halal. Some imams may be ok with vaccines and other imams are not ok with it, but the word ANTI-Vaxer is oversimplified. I will leave a link here if you want to read something. However, there is tons of research on health promotion, which is much harder in some countries than others.


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Posted in: More than half the world faces high measles risk, WHO says See in context

zibalaToday  10:33 am JST

The WHO has failed abysmally in its measles vaccine campaign 

absolutley not. The WHO has been incredible at what it does. Sometimes working with dictators, religious regimes and politicians we may find reprehensible. But if rich countries have an outbreak that’s not the WHO responsibility, it’s the nations who should have been on top of this since they have the resources, institutions, media and finances to prevent any outbreaks. On top of that it doesn’t help there are the anti-vaxers who refuse to accept the science but accept the herd immunity given to them by the mass population who DID get vaccinated.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan apologizes for overcharging Frappuccino customers, offers refunds See in context

Well if they had the price you see is the price you pay, customers would have noticed and pointed it out. Instead they use the American system of trying to hide the tax……until you get to the till. Darn right annoying.

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Posted in: Dolphins' new home See in context

I guess the so called trainers are just thinking of themselves and keeping the prisoners in the pool to do little tricks so we can all say kawaiiiiiiiiiii. I think the research excuse should be done in nature if that’s the only excuse. And if there other excuse is to save them from extinction, then you supposed to release them back into the wild anyways.

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Posted in: Japan to boost child allowances to tackle falling birthrate See in context

It's really interesting when people vote down the facts based on research in developed countries and poorer countries.

Fertility rates tend to be higher in poorly resourced countries due to higher mortality rates. In developing countries, children are needed as workers and to provide care for their parents in old age. In these countries, fertility rates are higher due to the lack of access to contraceptives, and lower levels of female education. The social structure in society, religion, economic prosperity and urbanisation within each country are likely to affect birth rates as well as access to abortion. On the other hand developed countries tend to have a lower fertility rate due to lifestyle choices because of economic affluence where mortality rates are low, birth control is easily accessible and children often can become an economic drain caused by housing, education costs and other costs involved in bringing up children. Higher education and professional careers often mean that women decide to have children later in life. This is exactly what women/politicians wanted as part of an equal society, and politicians want an ever-increasing workforce and tax-paying citizens. Since Japan is a highly educated, developed, country with good access to health care. The TFR is not going to increase at all. The politicians might want to say this is a fertility problem but in reality, it's an economic problem. Highly educated, skilled, healthy career women don't want 3 or 4 kids, which will be there for the next 21 years. Thats the economic demographic paradox.

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Posted in: Japan to boost child allowances to tackle falling birthrate See in context

All good stuff but non of this will really lift the birth rate. The best way to increase the birth rate are to bring in young single immigrants who will marry, and have kids. Women have more fertility choices, more career choices, choices on how to spend that money, choices regarding the size of their family and the experiences they can give their children. Along with great health care advances we can have smaller families, as the children have a 98.9% chance of survival compared to day countries with high fertility rates. It’s great you wanna help but don’t expect it to raise the birth rate.

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Posted in: No lunch in Ginza: Japan's scaled-back spending helps push economy to recession See in context

The financial food chain appears like this.

1 Company

2 Shareholders.

3 Customers.

4 The staff.

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Posted in: No lunch in Ginza: Japan's scaled-back spending helps push economy to recession See in context

David BrentToday  05:03 pm JST

Japan is in a race to the bottom, and it gets worse day by day.

I have to agree, but it is also the customers who will argue for cheaper goods or cheaper food.

Even here, some people resent paying a taxi driver a decent fare, for a decent job, today because they think Uber must come along and make it cheaper for THEM. It's cheaper for the customer, at the expense of the taxi drivers' income, and all for the benefit of Uber and the shareholders. The race to the bottom usually affects the little guy.

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Posted in: One girl dead, one injured after jumping from building in Osaka Prefecture See in context

Japan today should stop publishing how people commit suicide. it serves no purpose except to put the idea into someone who may NOT have a plan. And there is clear research on this.

Then I will leave this here because the evidence is clear.


It is absolutely clear to even the layman that the method should NOT be reported nor the place. Osaka...maybe.


If this is a copy-and-paste article then Japan today could amend it. it's not enough to just pop a get-out clause.

if you or someone you know in Japan are having suicidal thoughts, help is available. Click here for more info.

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Posted in: Nikkei gains over 1,000 points to briefly trade above 38,000 in 34-year high See in context

Peter NeilToday  09:52 pm JST

Stock markets are no reflection of the health of an economy.

I have to agree. The economy should reflect how the people are in life. Can they afford a home? Can they afford health care or get access to care? Could they save a little? and probably the most important of all. Are they happy with their life?

A company's share price doesn't have any effect on anyone's happiness, whether or not we can afford a home, save something for our future, or if we can access health care. That's the true economy. GDP means nothing if half your population can't afford a home, can't afford health care, and aren't happy. if we were to think about the richest country in the world..then the USA should be the happiest, afford a home, and access reasonable health care, afford education.But sadly that doesn't apply to any of the G7 nations. Thats the true economy.IMHO Makes you wonder why the USA isn't the happiest.

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Posted in: Bitcoin breaks $50,000 for first time since 2021 See in context

And what are these so called complicated problems?

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

SpitfireToday  04:34 pm JST

Complete waste of money and very harmful to the environment.

I wonder how many said that about the original bullet train system.

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Posted in: Police officer sent to prosecutors for stealing items from two women he was dating See in context

TrevorPeaceToday  08:02 pm JST

I see the word 'heinous' on JT so many times it makes me think the users of that word have very limited vocabulary. Look it up. Theft isn't heinous

I kinda have to agree. I don’t know peoples nationality but I sometimes think the Americans over hyperbole everything. Heinous. Terror, Terrorism, statutory RAPE. I guess todays media have to push the envelope to get noticed.

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Posted in: Japan OKs new foreign trainee program to attract more workers See in context

Excellent. Now remember, you will probably NOT be signed up for the pension, cause they'll dodge some law by pretending you're part-time. Don't get pregnant or start a family. Next, they will expect you to suck up any orders you're told, less you're kicked out. Don't expect any real literacy, less you become empowered. Expect to hear...but but but you're not Japanese from city hall, or even your employer, especially when it comes to state help when the Japanese will get it and you might be told to "TAKE THE DAY OFF". When you become ill or disabled, please do expect to be A) fired B) told to leave, C) both. When you retire, you will probably not have accumulated enough pension to live a reasonable life, so you will be expected to leave Japan. You may be lucky and they might pay for your plane tickets home. Similar to the Brazilians during the Lehman Shock.

Bottom line is, you're told what and where you can work. Oh and finally don't expect them to pay for any language course. You'll be expected to do that on your one day off.

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Posted in: Nintendo ups net profit forecast on weak yen, steady Switch sales See in context

iradickleFeb. 7  03:34 pm JST

> Yes, cause I still us my US Playstation account. A new game would cost me a little over ¥10,000.

We can still use my accounts from the US, and we have a Japanese account too. If it is a disc I get a much much better resale on my Japanese disc here than if it was from the US, or even zero yen resale, if it's digital.

So to be honest I don't think it's worth it. Depending on the game! Unless it's only available in the US, or it has been heavily censored. In the grander scheme of things...I still think the weak yen is good for Nintendo and Sony.

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Posted in: Japan repeatedly spots Chinese coast guard and warships near disputed waters See in context

Time to build a small port, and small garrison. We’ve helped built a bully, and he’s getting a bit cocky. Might be time to give the bully a talking to.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant See in context

Is it just me but any criticism of Japan /telco in this case seems to be getting thumbs down.?mmmmm.

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Posted in: Toyota raises its profit outlook after solid earnings helped by a weak yen See in context

I’m all for the weak yen. Toyota. Profits up. Nintendo. Profits up.

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Posted in: Pair arrested in Japan for posting manga images before official on-sale date See in context

What a bunch of ( insert the colorful word of your choice). Totally ridiculous.

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Posted in: Nintendo ups net profit forecast on weak yen, steady Switch sales See in context

Anyone still wanna whine about the weak yen.

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Posted in: Guy next to infamous Japanese fugitive on wanted poster arrested thanks to media coverage See in context

“If showing wanted posters on TV can get those kinds of results, they really should do it more.”

Nope! That will cost time, money and effort. You need even more cooking shows, more talento's walking around town eating ramen, shouting UMAIiiiiii. Pretend interesting articles that are infomercials, and we need more variety shows, so the same cycle of talentless talents are kept employed.

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Posted in: Americans have saddled themselves with credit card debt See in context

If only the cards were renamed from credit card to debt card the American consumer might actually see what it really is. Credit is what I have leftover in my bank account. Debt is spending something I don’t have. Using cash will allow you to engage your hands, eyes, and brain to see what your truest spend. Take those away and the psychological pain is removed which is exactly what the CC companies want. Drug addiction and credit addiction hit the same spot.

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Posted in: Do you think foreign technical intern trainees in Japan are really just cheap labor? See in context

Of course they are. However, if we start to bring in highly qualified people, we will find companies will bring them to cut native people salaries, with staganting salaries, and companies won't want to hire native workers incase they demand higher pay. If they are filling positions that can't be filled by all the university graduates and senmon Gakko then it's ok to fill those positions.You don't need a degree to pull a potato. We can't be in a situation where the conenvience story worker, cleaner, and the nurse are payed the same wage. Then again if we are honest, which one of us cosumers really, really want to pay more for the same vegetable,fruit, or whatever? There are people here who will nickle and dime you, just for an Uber taxi, cause they save 100,yen. Then they'll turn around and complain that nobodies salary has increased in years.Cake and eat it come to mind.

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