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Posted in: Vandalism on rise at Japanese shrines as pro-Hong Kong protest prayer boards are defaced See in context

It could be an easy bit of propaganda too...

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Posted in: Australian PM denies climate link as smoke chokes Sydney See in context

"The suggestion that any way shape or form that Australia -- accounting for 1.3 percent of the world's emissions... are impacting directly on specific fire events, whether it is here or anywhere else in the world, that doesn't bear up to credible scientific evidence," he told ABC radio.

How much coal, gas and uranium does Australia export to the world again..?

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Posted in: Japan hosts arms show looking for an edge in tech See in context

Japan signed the document the world put in front of it to sign, and they did it to get sovereignty back after their defeat in WWII. The wording was not Japan's but that of the occupying forces as punishment for Japan's wartime actions and aggression.

Well said! And nor should the wording be Japan's after the atrocities the IJA committed before and during the war. And the suffering it brought to Japanese people, too. The constitution was written to denounce war for good reason. Sensible Japanese citizens have agreed with it ever since. Yet, here we are, the descendants of the war-mongers themselves, that brought such mass suffering to Japan and it's neighbours, steadily steering the ship back toward mass-suffering yet again...

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Posted in: Author passes legacy of A-bomb survivor mother to young readers See in context

let’s hope the book also includes educational references as to why the bombings took place and Japan’s complete lunacy of trying to take over Asia. However, I fear it’s just a soppy and pitiful read about a victim. Yes, Japan was a victim. It was a victim of its own lunacy.

Exactly. Always glossed over or white-washed. How about holding Hirohito and his generals responsible to some degree for the misinformation and refusal to end the mass-suffering that they guided Japan into.

Again, Japan in general has learned very little since the war and are destined to make similar mistakes again in the future. Start with the truth, then give the people freedom to hold their leaders accountable (aka democracy).

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Posted in: One year after arrest, Ghosn seeks to throw out case against him See in context

Around 99 percent of trials in Japan result in a conviction

Except the weekly assault-against-women case that is dropped...

Japan's ancient culture of fudging numbers and outright lying should be on Unesco's list.

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Posted in: Justice minister quits over wife's alleged election law breach; 2nd cabinet exit in a week See in context

"I will investigate the issue and explain, but in the meantime public trust in the justice administration will be lost."

Like anyone with half a brain in Japan has a modicum of trust for Japan's justice administration... especially foreigners.

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

I avoid Kyoto..it , to me, is no fun at all.

Me too! Waste of time and money.

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Posted in: Poor evidence cannabis improves mental health: study See in context

So.. just ignore the first-hand information from the millions of people that vouch for its medicinal qualities? Ignore the reports of other studies that vouch for the legalization of cannabis?

Also, getting the drugs via the illicit market "carries risk of prosecution as well as unknown product content, quality and safety,"

[snip] and there [is] evidence that people who use cannabis regularly may be at increased risk of developing depression and psychotic symptoms."

Being stigmatized and/or criminalized for choosing to smoke some weed is enough to stress people out over time, too. So are the stresses of one's job, morgtage and the state of our societies that meddle in every aspect of our lives! Millions of people have been made into criminals because of these ridiculous views toward cannabis. What a tremendous waste!

Of course, overuse of anything will have undesired effects (painkillers, for example) but painting cannabis as something that will lead to psychosis in mentally healthy people is absurd! (source: observing hundreds of long-term cannabis enjoyers over a lifetime!) Mentally unhealthy people, on the other hand, will end up in psychosis even without having smoked cannabis. How can these academics possibly believe they have taken all the intangibles into account!?

Now turn that 'high-powered academic perception' toward purely man-made drugs (without funding from big-pharma or other corporations) such as; alcohol, painkillers, deppression and anxiety meds etc etc and tell me how they don't have any side-effects and that they are more worthy to have a place in our societies than something that grows naturally! FFS!

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers accuse prosecutors, gov't officials, Nissan execs of collusion See in context

Fact: Japan still has a sick sense of justice and fairness... the people of Japan have suffered for centuries because of it. Like I've said from day one, whether or not Ghosn is guilty is beside the point - he deserves a fair trial. The actions of Nissan, the prosecutors and the Japanese justice system have been illegal, appalling and are not welcome for a, supposedly, developed nation. Far worse than anything Ghosn has been accused of.

I believe the oyaji running Japan will have much mud on their faces on the international stage once Ghosn sinks his teeth in, and look forward to the day. They messed with an extremely capable man.

In the meantime, as a foreign-born resident of Japan, I would sooner avoid capture if I were accused of a crime than go through the impossible process of 'justice' here. I've lost all faith in the 'system' and 'due process' here. It's an abhorrent, disgusting mind-set that the Japanese in power choose to foster. And in time it will lower Japan's ranking in the world even further.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 550,000 petty criminals on occasion of imperial ceremony See in context

This way of currying favour with citizens is morally low, and lacks backbone. Pretty much everything about the monarchy is. So much mental illness in one place (the monarchy, those who adore it, those who use it as a weapon to control the public, and the public that is subsequently controlled by it).

What a joke! But nothing unusual in a nation where the people so easily give over and welcome a future of suffering.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal See in context

A 'gift-giving' culture?

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Posted in: Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years See in context

Japan is just one small overpopulated island in the world. It is not the center of the world.

Exactly. It's common knowledge within scientific communities that Japan is notorious for overfishing. Japan will arrogantly fish the any oceans they can access to extinction within 3 more decades.

Not to mention the great insult of hunting these amazing, intelligent animals.

Ludicrous Japan.

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Posted in: No butts, no boors: Rugby fans learn the ropes in polite Japan See in context

So much self praise by Japan.. wow.

The empty can rattles the most...

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for repeatedly clogging women’s toilets in convenience stores See in context

Mental illness = huuuuge in Japan...

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Posted in: Tokyo ready to share info on N Korean missile with Seoul See in context

So much for all the anti-Japan posters on here who claimed South Korea do not need Japan. Japans intelligence on the missiles was 100 times better than SKs, which is a why they are now begging for information.

A rather petty comment...

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Posted in: No butts, no boors: Rugby fans learn the ropes in polite Japan See in context

The friends I have made there over the last decade are some of the best people I know and there is no hidden rudeness, racism or anything else.

When you say 'there', does that mean you don't actually live in Japan?

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Posted in: Alligator in Nagoya zoo pond swallowed hundreds of tossed coins See in context

It's a dreadful place, that zoo, I hated going there, and stopped some years ago. The conditions for the animals are pitiful.

I agree. Disgusting place.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile, possibly from sub; falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone See in context

Maybe it's time that Japan tried true diplomacy to smooth things over with Japan's neighbors...

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Posted in: Organizers, festival host agree to reopen 'comfort women' exhibition See in context

For those that speak of 'here and now', surely you can agree that now is the time to focus on the individuals that will imminently send death threats once again.

That and corrupt government officials' actions that aim to censor this artwork are the only crimes here.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

Funny... when I went to Kyoto with a Japanese family, the family took plenty of photos of geisha and sumo. There wasn't a problem then.

Conversely, I have had a camera shoved in my face by people I barely know hundreds of time while working in Japanese schools (glad I got out of those toxic places). However, I was not permitted to take photos of my own at those schools.

Japan still has no grasp of what constitutes 'hypocrisy'...

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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal TEPCO acquittal in Fukushima case See in context

Ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement then, it said.

Then I suggest that the Japanese government and Tepco have never been competent start down the nuclear path.

And what has changed now?

Ticking time bomb.

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Posted in: Artists protest hate underlying attacks on Aichi art festival See in context

There is something which nobody here seem to notice but I hear from Japanese around me who still haven't lost their sense for what's right and wrong.

The apparently national broadcaster NHK haven't aired anything about the issue so a vast majority of the population doesn't have any idea about the censorship put by the government.

Its no secret that the Japanese public are horribly uninformed. Hence they roll with a the revisionism.

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Posted in: Sales at company linked to Kansai Electric surge on nuclear projects See in context

Holding the family accountable for financial problems of deceased individuals is commonplace here. I would prefer to see his family stand trial then just walk away with the extra 300 Million yen.

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Posted in: Artists protest hate underlying attacks on Aichi art festival See in context

To all the people here saying 'it's not art' etc as if what constitutes art is your sole decision. Luckily for you, we have freedom of speech and expression in Japan (apparently). So, why don't you just go and make your own art pieces that convey your own passionate message/s and put them on public display? Nothing else much to say really, is there...

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Posted in: U.S. Seven-Eleven to seek to ally with Japan peers on work hour issue See in context

People just don't want to work for poverty line wages in a job where half the customers don't even say thanks. It's simple.

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

sourpussToday  12:39 pm JST

"Killing yourself in the name of spite."

Just when you think you've heard it all...

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

I think a lot of people blaming the victim and parents here have little understanding of what goes on in Japanese schools...

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Posted in: Undeclared N Korean base has missile capable of striking Japan: study See in context

The point of this article is not that nK has a missile that can reach Japan, its that they have a new base to launch them from. This means they're increasing their basing infrastructure and survivability.

What, like Japan isn't doing the same. And that's on top of hosting the biggest warmonger on the planet.

Remind me of the last time either of the Koreas attacked Japan on a large scale...

A whole list of other countries have weapons for their protection aimed at potential threats aggressors and have never used them. Where is the constant propoganda and fear-mongering in regards to them?

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Posted in: Jobs in Japan for S Korean graduates dry up See in context

The 1965 agreement was doomed from the moment it was signed, and only the Japanese think otherwise.

The fact that Japan has failed miserably to come to terms with its actions prior and during WWII, evident by clinging to its victim narrative and unwillingness to teach its students Japan's history in full, support your comment above.

Japan still honours its war criminals, and the factors that led Japan into war the last time were never dismantled properly (example; nationalist education system and government). Hence Japan is ambling its way toward all out war with its neighbors again.

This comes as no surprise if you truly understand what's below the surface in Japanese society at large, and can compare that baseline to a truly democratic society.

Japan is quick to blame Korean politicians for this whole problem, while conveniently ignoring the abysmal historic ongoings in Korea, and things that were done to Korean nationals.

If Korea were to do that to Japan nowadays, would Japan just forgive and forget an unapologetic Korea within a few generations?

Go ahead and downvote as your cognitive dissonance takes control...

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows faster than expected on new imperial era holidays See in context

Nothing like a bit of propaganda to see the in the new Emperor.

Meanwhile, the people continue to suffer in the real Japan...

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