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Posted in: China's facial recognition roll out reaches into mobile phones, shops and homes See in context

George Orwell would be impressed...well, horrified actually

I've listened to the Audio of the Novel on Youtube. And honestly, the world we live in is in someways more dystopian than the novel.

But China just brings it to a whole new level.

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Posted in: Asian Music Awards See in context

Not exactly an in depth article.

Its K pop. Nothing to do with depth here.

Bit lacking on details...?

Yeah the skirts should have been higher...

Great pic to start off the day! Need to end the day like that, too!

yup.

And yet behind the waves and smiles, sadness and despair.

Welcome to Asia..

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Jeez- Just when you think Abe couldn't sink any lower, the man surprises you. What a scumbag.

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Posted in: N Korea warns Trump it will use 'corresponding' force if attacked See in context

What happened to all the beautiful letters these two lovebirds were sharing??

How come Obama just kicked the can down the road to Trump?

How come you can't answer the question?

Now THAT'S a good question!

Obama did exactly what Donny is doing, minus the photo ops and cancelling war games, so I'm not really seeing your complaint.

exactly!

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Posted in: N Korea warns Trump it will use 'corresponding' force if attacked See in context

What happened to all the beautiful letters these two lovebirds were sharing??

> How come Obama just kicked the can down the road to Trump?

When did Obama and Kim share love letters??

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Posted in: N Korea warns Trump it will use 'corresponding' force if attacked See in context

N Korea warns Trump it will use 'corresponding' force if attacked

What happened to all the beautiful letters these two lovebirds were sharing??

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to introduce flexible working hours for teachers See in context

They don't need penalties or anything. Just make it illegal to operate the schools on weekends, and have the koban cops patrolling the schools within their vicinity to make sure violations are nipped in the bud. In the event that the school has to operate on the weekend such as a sports meet or culture festival, the school must designate another weekday the following week as a day off for that weekend working day. Done.

They called for hiring more teachers instead, claiming school staff often cannot take a long summer break as they need to participate in training or oversee students in extracurricular activities.

Now that's a good idea. No more useless training and summers should be off with regards to these extracurricular activities. Let kids be kids and let the teachers get some time off.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to introduce flexible working hours for teachers See in context

JHS teachers working 56 hours a week?

> I smell a big, steaming pile of something with that, because it's a total lie. Every JHS teacher I've ever met in Japan got to school around 7AM or so, and would leave no earlier than 7PM at least 5 days a week, nevermind weekend activities. I knew some who were there from 7 AM to 10-11PM.

> So 56 hours a week?

> Total lie.

Hi David! Good to see you after a while! Bro, I think the 56 hours a week refers to overtime only, so 40 hours of normal work + 56 hours of overtime...96 hours of work a week. Sounds about right...

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim sends defiant signals with new horse ride, rare party meeting See in context

The ride was aimed at instilling in North Koreans the mountain's "indefatigable revolutionary spirit" in the face of"unprecedented blockade and pressure imposed by the imperialists," KCNA reported.

And yet...

State media photos on Wednesday showed the saddle and harness on Kim's horse adorned with more intricate gold-colored fittings and government emblems.

Oh the irony.

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Posted in: Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100 See in context

Are you kidding me! There is no way 1,100 or 1,500 yen an hour can sustain a part time worker at a middle class living standard.

actually, you're right- 1500x 40 = 60,000 per week. That comes to 240,000 a month. If you think that's enough to live on, I can get you a job right now making that much a month if you are interested.

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Posted in: Busty Japanese YouTuber chef sells ad space on her chest See in context

Why not just cook in a bikini?

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Posted in: Forcing children to sit 'seiza' style to be recognized as punishment under new law See in context

I'm surprised (pleasantly) at this news. Can't wait for all the rightwingers to come howling about how the Japanese culture is being destroyed.. LOL!

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context

Campaigners have said high heels are akin to modern foot-binding while others have urged other dress codes, such as the near-total donning of business suits for men, to be loosened in the Japanese workplace.

Hear Hear!

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Posted in: Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100 See in context

Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100

Good news. But still not enough. Asking for 1500 would have been better.. but its still better than nothing...

So is your theory to keep the low wage earners always at such a low level. When I found out how pathetic Japan's minimum wage is I was taken aback.

Nick, some people have no clue about economics

....and people wonder why the economy isn't growing, and people aren't having babies!

Exactly!

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Posted in: Nissan's new CEO reaffirms alliance, promises revival See in context

What has happened over the last year has been a complete travesty, with the legal system abused to address a business situation that was not to the liking of J Inc.

Rooting for Nissan's success at this point is impossible for me. It would be rewarding reprehensible actions by Nissan J management, J bureaucrats, and J prosecutors.

My feelings and sentiments exactly.

I hope Nissan fails miserably.

So do I.

Yeah, that is easy to say after foreigners did the dirty job and get a kick in their bu**! Like in the past for Olympus. Usual Japanese hypocrisy. Shame on you Nissan.

Exactly.

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Posted in: Should food from Fukushima Prefecture be served at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I would challenge Abe Shinzo to try Fukushima-food. He should be the one trying it first.

Excellent idea! they can serve it as long as the LDP politicians are willing to eat it first.

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Posted in: U.S. enactment of Hong Kong law may dim chance of Xi's Japan visit See in context

geronimo2006

Abe shouldn't panda (sorry - couldn't resist) to Pooh bear. If he wants honey from the world he should improve human rights at home.

wrong animal for Abe..

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-40627855

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Posted in: Russia cheats again — and laughs its way to Tokyo See in context

Russia cheats again — and laughs its way to Tokyo

no surprise here

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Posted in: Johnson implores Trump: Please keep out of election See in context

"What we don't do traditionally as loving allies and friends

ROFL!!!!

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Posted in: U.S. enactment of Hong Kong law may dim chance of Xi's Japan visit See in context

U.S. enactment of Hong Kong law may dim chance of Xi's Japan visit

Good. who wants this scumbag- this chinese HITLER

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

Nakasone was an influential right-wing "revanchist" politician whose dubious legacy lives on in Abe Shinzo's brand of Japanese nationalism. Sorry, but he was not my cup of ocha.

well said.

Nakasone, the engineer of financial and nationalistic bubbles.

yup.

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Posted in: Man arrested over death of 7-month-old daughter See in context

quoted him as saying he only pressed his daughter’s neck with his thumb and forefinger because she wouldn’t stop crying, but that she was alive.

Lock him up FOREVER!!! FOREVER!! Punk!

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Posted in: Japanese beer exports to S Korea fall to zero See in context

Have no fear, I have been doing my part to ensure that the Japanese beer companies dont go bankrupt! I am doing my patriotic duty to drink more Japanese beer!

Same here! In fact, I think there should be a law passed giving us workers more money and time to support this SK ban by sending all salarymen and office workers to the izakayas to support the Japanese beer companies.

Anyone else want to help?

Kanpai brother!!

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Posted in: China overtakes U.S. in number of diplomatic missions See in context

China's rise is deeply troubling and should be contained.

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Posted in: Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups See in context

While I don't like Trump, I have to agree with this move. The cartels have killed many innocent people and deserve this classification.

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Posted in: Bar association says long-term detainments of foreigners on the rise See in context

The long-term detainment of foreign nationals at immigration centers in Japan is an infringement upon human rights, the country's bar association warned Wednesday.

Finally!

Yet another damning indictment to add to Japans Ministry of (so called) Justice's dossier of shame.

Agreed. The best part is that it comes from Japanese legal experts, which removes the ability to disregard it as being from foreigners that don't understand Japanese culture.

Agree!

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Posted in: Explore a mysterious hidden octagonal tunnel in the mountains of Kyushu See in context

While most people who visit Japan journey along the well-beaten path between Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, there’s a whole world of breathtaking sites and hidden discoveries lying outside these urban areas.

THIS!! To me that's what travelling in Japan is all about. Finding those places that no one ever visited before.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

thank god I'm married- now I don't have to deal with this crap

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

I am not a sushi connoisseur so I can't begin to act as if I know what I am searching for in taste when I eat sushi. But I've eaten as Masa in New York as well as a few high end sushi places in Japan. The best sushi I've ever had is Sushi-Ro. I honestly see no reason to pay ¥40,000 for sushi or fight for a table at an exclusive restaurant when I am perfectly happy with the ¥100 plates at Sushi-Ro.

I agree with that. I went to IZU around 10 years back to experience some really good sushi, looked up a famous sushi place on the net, and found it to be just more of the same. My wife and I left the shop and went to Hamazushi and had a better dining experience than the expensive one. So yes, in my experience, kaiten sushi can be better than the expensive stuff.

I don't believe the hype. But to each his own. If someone wants to spend more on Sushi and think they are getting something better, then ok. More power to ya. Not for me..

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