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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

I'm actually beginning to think its Japan wanting the attention by continually bringing this to everyones attention. We get it, that N Korea wants that attention, and they are testing their weapons. I think we just need to get used to it, stop raising it in the news, and let the sanctions, politicians do their job. Were going to be here in 10 years still saying. Norther Korea launched a missile. and there is nothing we can do physically or militarily except prepare. Japan benefits from increasing the anxiety regarding NK.

China poses a much much bigger real military threat, and they have the BIG NUKEs and massive conventional navy, army and air force.

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Posted in: Women's rights group calls on FIFA to kick Iran out of World Cup See in context

Might be better to have female refs and female Lines man/women/ which may actually have a bigger impact.

If the Iranian team wish to withdraw then that would be up to them. It would also be a good show for the rest of the world too.

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Posted in: Idol singer from Keyakizaka46 says she’s now working as a Tokyo bar hostess See in context

I'm not sure what's worse, the fact she got dumped by a group,( which nobody can hear their singing voices anyway) or the fact the japan today actually seems to promote her and the business. Surely there has to be more interesting celebrity news. These groups really know how to make their money. Just make a group with 46 young girls, stick the name of the city on it, reduce it to 3 letters, then get rid of them, cause they don't really sing solo, then replace with another teenager. Rinse and repeat.

I have to wonder why they don't have the male versions of blah blah 26, or blah blah 48

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Posted in: Buying a home in Japan: What you should consider See in context

OK so how does this work

However, in order to obtain a loan from a Japanese bank, you must have a permanent residence or working visa in Japan. You must also have lived in Japan for at least one year (there are exceptions). You have a high probability of getting a loan if you have worked and lived in Japan for at least three years and at least five years, respectively.

We know we can get a mortgage if we live in Japan, but if you DON'T live in Japan, then you can't. as it mentions " must have a permanent residence or working visa in Japan. You must also have lived in Japan for at least one year (there are exceptions). You have a high probability of getting a loan if you have worked and lived in Japan for at least three years and at least five years, respectively." So what are the exceptions?

Pay cash outright?

Be super rich?

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Posted in: 55-year-old man arrested for assaulting 19-year-old daughter because she didn’t keep in touch with him See in context

Not condoning the dads slap in the face.Although it wouldn't surprise me if she deserved it. So She ran away from home, didn't bother to contact him at all. Unemployed, not in education. Probably with a looser boyfriend. Walked up to the door, and did what? Ask for money? There is way more to this story then, dad slapped his daughter. There are millions of parents who have indeed had a fight with their kids. So I'm not gonna condemn any dad/mum for maybe giving them a slap. No dad just slaps their daughter and the boyfriend for no good reason. No mention of the mother though. Maybe she is just a selfish 19 year old.

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Posted in: Japan intervenes in currency market buying yen for dollars for first time since 1998 See in context

Excellent! Maybe the big companies will be able to share that with the workers when the repatriate those earning to Japan.In turn they will be able to spend it. I can't help but wonder if the PLAZA accord made things worst for Japan in the long run.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet support rate drops to 40.2%: poll See in context

Nothing to worry about here folks.

there isn’t an election for a while. Once that comes around he will step down, replace the glorious LDP leader. then win an outstanding election, then become unpopular again. Rinse and repeat and you’ll be in power forever. Of course it might help if the stupid opposition could actually have one or two united parties instead of “oooh it’s Myyyyy party” and I’ll cry if I want to. Absolutely no point being in opposition I’d you can’t win anything for the people.

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Posted in: Ethereum blockchain set for 'monumental' overhaul See in context

So it has to solve a puzzle! And what puzzle is this solving? Or is it a nice story that sounds cool like “it’s mining “.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church See in context

Nobody really cares. And this is only news because Abe got shot. And the Japanese electorate don’t care cause they keep voting in the same party for the past goodness knows how long.

bow, say sorry, change the leader. Rinse and repeat

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Posted in: Man arrested for setting fire to bar after being told other customers don’t like talking to him See in context

ADK99Today  05:44 pm JST

@Abe234: given the way he reacted it is very likely that he was being extremely obnoxious, possibly scarily so. 

There were no other customers there so seems much more likely that he was harassing the staff. Completely ridiculous to blame them, given that they were clearly dealing with an extremely irrational individual.

You may be completely right. But in that case, if there were no customers, the staff member can ask nicely to leave. It seems that if he was rude to customers, it doesn't mean the staff member has to be rude either. Everyone has had too much to drink at one time or another. Although the part at the end of the article said the bar was empty, when they asked him to leave. So obviously nobody COULD speak to him then, because they ALL left.Which means the why didn't the staff step in sooner when there were customers.

ADK. you may be right.

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Posted in: Another U.S. congressional delegation visits Taiwan See in context

LegrandeToday  02:02 pm JST

The US is really intent on stirring things up by sending yet another delegation to Taiwan, rather than meeting with China and trying to work things out.

China's way of trying to work this out is to threaten Taiwan, to get countries into debt, then force them to give the contract to a Chinese company that then pays the money back to Chinese workers, who then send the money back to china, and the country is left with the debt and interest payments, then take their resources, or force countries to give contract to Chinese companies. Rinse and repeat. China is not a friendly country, it learnt how to use the debt trap, then squeeze it for more. China will take Taiwan one day if it feels it can get away with it. Germany= ww2, Russia= Finland,Georgia, Ukraine, Crimea. The US is probably the only country that can stand up to china economically as we say YEs china, No china, What can I do for you China?

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Posted in: Man arrested for setting fire to bar after being told other customers don’t like talking to him See in context

Maybe the staff should have kept her mouth shut. It wasn't her place. Maybe the managers. People go to bars for many reasons, to talk, to drink, to think, to hide troubles, to relax and if the other customers don't want to talk, they can stick their nose in their iPhones. If you dont want to talk to someone just say "sorry" I'm rather busy at the moment, and move on.

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

kyushubillToday  11:37 am JST

A year ago I was fit and healthy. Never thought I would be flat on my back for over a month.

Then 6 weeks ago I passed out at home. Pulmonary Emobolism. Wife called the ambulance. Kids were at school. A month in the hospital practically learning to walk again. Released and needing a care worker with me daily while wife was at work and kids at school. Physical Therapist four times a week.

I own a business. My BIL has taken the reigns. The cost of my care has taken a huge bite out of our savings. 

Before you judge the dire situation people are in, think about what got them there they could not control.

We were there too. I was injured, in services, lost my job, retrained, graduated uni, then relapsed and spent a year and half claiming on our rightful insurance policy we paid for, for years.

Saw people have strokes, fall down, heart attacks, family walked out on them, and they needed help for a while. Some forever, most got back up after a year or so, and continued paying their insurance again.

Maybe it might be better if we ALL shared someone we know, who needed help, rather than someone whining on about TAX, (which gives us the right to claim on our insurance policy) not your policy. but the same policy we all have as individuals.

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

doeToday  07:07 am JST

Government spending increases inflation. This will only make things worse in the long run. 

Better to just raise wages.

any chance you can explain how they’ve been printing money for decades and no inflation.

my theory is….. it’s cheaper and deflationary to hand out a few yen to a few people which is cheaper than forcing all the companies to raise everyone’s salaries in a meaningful way. Also good idea, to pay the worker low, then give them a bonus, and then if the economy goes bad, don’t pay much in a bonus. ( which you already worked for anyway.) Then to claw it all back with a sales tax hike. Rinse and repeat.

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

doeToday  07:07 am JST

Government spending increases inflation. This will only make things worse in the long run. 

Better to just raise wages.

not if it’s targeted. Probably no different than increasing everyone salary.which won’t really improve the poor anymore. You weren’t saying this when YOU got your Covid handout though.

anyway what they give with one hand willl be taken away when sales tax is increased. And the inflation target is 2% anyway. Now they reach it, the gov start to worry about it.

TokyoJoeToday  07:07 am JST

To all the low income people receiving this, you don't need to thank me personally for two decades of hard work, dedication to bettering myself, never taking holidays, being sensible with money and investing wisely. Slowly working my way up the ladder to reach a position where me and my family are stable and secure. Just take my hard earned tax money and enjoy it.

yep, I feel so sorry for the disabled, or the single mother looking after their two kids after the husband left them with nothing. Or the you man with autism, or the young women who worked sooooo hard her mental health broke. We are so sorry we need help after paying our tax and insurance. Sorry for claiming on our insurance that we all payed. You do know it’s insurance, don’t you? And strangely enough those same people pay tax too. It’s called sales tax. Today your fit and healthy, next week, your wife walks out, takes the kids, your sick, you loose your job. Can happen to anyone. I guess your saying the same to those in the UK too. And the rest of Europe and even the USA.

dont forget the person who lost their job because they got sick.

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Posted in: Japan's plastic waste problem spurring grocery shopping novelty See in context

Nothing new at all. It’s what we did years and years ago. Hopefully we can stop waisting food and casa n buy those funny veggies. Might even be a boost to instagram as people take pics of their food. (God knows why) who really wants to see another cake.

and everyone must say Oishi.

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Posted in: Patients hail new treatment for drug-resistant TB See in context

The problem is the patients who took their anti-biopics, get better and then stopped their anti-biopics, thenonths later they fell I’ll again, and repeated the treatment to feel better again and repeat the same behavior. With each time they stop and restart the treatment this gives the bacteria time to build resistance because they haven’t actually cured the TB. If these same patients repeat the same behavior this new drug regime may become ineffective. So let’s hope they take it until they actually get rise of TB from their system. Patients who consistently take antibiotics and then stop a few days later, are contributing to the increase in MRSA. We’ve forgotten kids died from simple throat infections and sepsis before antibiotics. So please find ish your whole course of treatment.

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Posted in: U.S. angers China with potential $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan See in context

UChosePoorlyToday  10:56 am JST

Taiwan should develop its own nukes and delivery systems. I am pretty sure they have the capability. MAD works.

look at Libya that gave up its nukes, and look what happened.

look at Ukraine that gave up its nukes and look what happened.

if anything China will be preparing, to put up with any sanctions, and will try to insulate themselves and maximize economic pain on the west, and the USA is probably not going to get into a shooting war at all with china.

The UK,US, and Russia guaranteed Ukraines security, and if there is another part of history to look at there is the falklands. A dictatorship, whose economy was tanking, invoked nationalism and invaded the falklands. The US, didn't do anything except talk. The UK had to do it by itself.

So it isn't a bad idea to develop those nukes.

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Posted in: High energy prices threaten UK hospital services See in context

albaleoToday  06:23 pm JST

Sorry, I don't know. But I think the main concern right now is not a gas shortage but simply the price. (But I have read that the UK has very little storage capacity for excess gas.

Spot on .The UK doesn't have the storage tanks, and is creating this mess. I think the Uk decommissioned them years ago, but the companies have been asked to bring them back online.


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Posted in: High energy prices threaten UK hospital services See in context

JapanToday.The NHS, created in 1948 to provide free healthcare and paid out of general taxation, is a cherished British institution.

It is NOT FREE. It is payed by general taxation and our National insurance. It is free at the point of delivery, and patients still pay for a prescription.Depending on the region. And some services are not available. EG tattoo removal and cosmetic surgery.( unless deemed necessary by the consultants.

Mr KiplingToday  09:51 pm JST

This is the government the people of the UK chose and keep choosing. The same people will proudly tell you that the NHS is the best health service in the world.... Really? Compared to where exactly?

I'd say compared to the USA. Remember profits before your op. Shareholders, before dishing out any money, and trolling through your records looking for any pre-existing conditions. The UK isn't perfect. But I know, I won't have some "company" looking out for profits and shareholders first, and some doc on the company pay roll getting a bonus for every patient denied medical care.

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Posted in: Care home in Kanagawa tried to cover up abuse of disabled resident See in context

Kobe White Bar OwnerToday  11:41 am JST

Hospital's here will regularly tie patients to the bed for being "troublesome."

Can you reference that at standard practice? Most modern facilities use the modern version of a restraint.....Medication. I had one student nurse do it once, as he didn't know any better.

I don't think he came back. However, medication is used to reduce anxious/violent.disruptive patients. ( depending on the reasons)

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Posted in: Man arrested for committing lewd acts with 14-year-old girl claims he thought she was older See in context

GuruMickToday  11:58 am JST

Statutory Rape legislation where any sex act with an underage person[consensual or not } is deemed to be rape because the victim is underage and cannot therefore give informed consent.

RIGHT! So lets call a 16/17/ 18 year old having sex with a 15 year old a rapist.NOT!

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Posted in: Man arrested for committing lewd acts with 14-year-old girl claims he thought she was older See in context

RodneyToday  07:29 am JST

It may be easy for a 60something year old to not know a girls age…but a cram school teacher? They teach 14 year olds FGS. Throw the book at him.

her parents should give her pocket money or send her to Australia or somewhere for school outside the world she seems to live in.

Australia, as though teenagers don't have sex there. WOW! Maybe you should listen to the song by the POLICE, don't stand so close to me. They are becoming adults, while still being children, and "may" not know what is fully appropriate. Even seen 14/15 year old boys do the same. and yet we kinda have that ATTA BOY. attitude, if it was with a female school teacher. Possible male double standard there!

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Posted in: Britain to see 80% spike in energy bills as crisis worsens See in context

Well I guess this is what happens when you privates the companies. NOW the people want to listen to CORBYN et al and nationalize the industry. I guess it was great when they thought it was cheap and wouldn't even consider nationalization, now they're begging for it. The UK only uses 3% Russian gas so this is to do with the world market. Might be a good idea to renegotiate those gas licenses we gave to the oil companies too.

But I do like the stage photo op with all those bits of paper.

The UK shoots it foot again, and the people actually voted for it, Austerity, what a great idea. Brexit, what a great idea, voting in Johnson, what a great idea. Food banks a great idea. Give people more money to buy a bigger house, what a great idea. Now let them eat cake. or so the saying goes. And that's all before the new tax regime is implemented. Redstorm, They weren't sold off, the UK auctioned off Licenses. So they still belong to the UK but the license can be renegotiated. A windfall tax is certainly needed. and why the Uk didn't follow the Norwegians is beyond me. I guess they just wanted more tax cuts, and service cuts. Back to the sick man of Europe.

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Posted in: Japan signals return to nuclear power to stabilize energy supply See in context

It's a choice between nuclear power or fossil fuels. Japan will have to decide to either pay up, and contribute to global warming. ( Germany will have to do the same) or start up the nuke power plants, and pay up for decommissioning later. I have to wonder why Japan hasn't tapped into its massive thermal energy under ground, similar to Iceland? There is nothing in this world that's free. Either the people have to pay for it, or the planet will MAKE US PAY for it. One way or another!

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Posted in: Pfizer seeks OK of updated COVID vaccine booster for fall See in context

I think there will be a time we will have to accept this is here to stay, and we will have to throw off our masks sooner or later, get the vaccine if you wish, and accept that some people will die. Similar to influenza!

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Posted in: Former AKB48 idol Minami Minegishi who famously shaved her head announces marriage See in context

She was officially FIRED. Retired...don't make me laugh.lol

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Posted in: Tokyo ward finds 1 in 3 recluses don't want gov't help to reintegrate See in context

John-SanToday  10:02 am JST

Just turn off the wifi they soon go out. Really this is a social outcome solely made by the Japanese work attitude. Like you can,t go to work in Japan without showing 100% company commitment. People are sick of having to show company loyalties. This is the result when you disagree with the merger wage for the personal out put of respect, loyalty and commitment demanded by the company. There is no personal or financial value in that sort of lifestyle so they don't even try.

This isn't just a Japanese thing. Although the media has picked up on it as Japanese and is a cultural thing but it is also in the US/UK/ and other countries. They existed well before the world of wi-fi and internet.But you have a point regarding work, but I also wonder if a large part of this was the rigidity of the Japanese school system, and not finding kids who need help and early support.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward finds 1 in 3 recluses don't want gov't help to reintegrate See in context

David BrentToday  08:55 am JST

They want to continue being waited on, and pandered to, by their enabling parents.

This show a compelete lack of awareness of each families situation, and frankly pandering is the last thing these parents ever do.

Many stay at home because they can't afford a place of their own.Very similar to people in the US.UK Australia,NZ because they can't afford a place. Culturally Japan wants kids to stay home because this saves the government a ton of money on care costs. The kids stay home, and can look after their parents 24/7, reduces social care costs and the relevant taxes needed to pay for it. Some people who do stay home because they have mental health issues, anxiety, depression ,schizophrenia, but rather than stigmatize them as mentally ill, it might be better to call them Hikikomori.Some may have Aspergers, ADHD. etc. Learning difficulties, Not in Education, or offered training. and basically ignored but education/health/employments systems because they cause no harm.

If they do work, they probably only work part time, wishing to stay out of the corporate robot system where many are worked to death or to state of over work.

So before you judge them you might want to consider that these same people live in the US, UK, Australia, NZ, Canada. Many may become homeless, so if they have a a good relationship with their parents that's better for A) the person,B) the family C) the state, D) the tax payer. On top of they they aren't causing any crime or harm to anyone.

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Posted in: N Korean leader's sister tells S Korean president to 'shut his mouth' after offer of aid See in context

Past history shows we’ve done nothing. They’ve shelled an island and they’ve sunk a Korean War ship and we did zero. So let’s stop jumping up and down.

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