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Posted in: Unification Church in Japan vows reform after criticism See in context

Have they ever justified why they need endless amounts of donations? Gov should force them to open their books if they haven't erased them already of course.

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Posted in: Central banks worldwide tighten policies to cool inflation See in context

*Except two. Turkey is also continuing its bizarre policy of reducing interest rates to "battle" inflation.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

I wonder the study conducted to conclude the viability of this policy. Oh right, they can just pull policies out of the place where the sun don't shine.

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

I think he'll cling on to power for a little while longer as there is no national election in the near future. But come election year, if he doesn't pull those numbers up, he'll be disposed off like Suga and replaced by another figurehead and the people will buy it. Yawn...

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay ¥1.65 mil over death of Cameroon man in detention center See in context

As the man's health had rapidly deteriorated, it does not necessarily mean he might have been saved if he had been taken immediately to a hospital

Expected words from a Japanese judge. You could apply this kind of logic to every malfeasance. Why is such a facility where people are detained allowed to not have medical staff in the first place?

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Posted in: Police increase patrols at Haneda airport ahead of Abe state funeral See in context

Your tax money at work inspecting an empty terminal with with a whole squad.

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Posted in: Japan aims to remove daily arrival cap in October to spur tourism See in context

Not a word about what those "countermeasures" are. Japan's make it up as you go policy will continue, it seems. Or this is just a message to the "concerned" voters fearing seeing foreigners in the streets again.

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Posted in: Tropicana’s Japanese licensee in hot juice for cartons that boast '100% Melon Taste' See in context

Classic deceptive marketing strategy with a place for plausible deniability. They always place the filler fruits in the corners of the box where the customer would pay the least attention. Gotta pass a law where the percentage of ingredients is in the front center.

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Posted in: Deepening Tokyo Olympics bribery scandal casts shadow over 2030 bid See in context

Sapporo has so many things going for it that it will far outweigh the fading memory of this scandal.

So the argument is for us to forget what happened and let another heist take place while being distracted by the facade of sports and competition. This is how dumb they think the "common people" are. Hope they are proven wrong.

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Posted in: Japan says it is ready to take action as yen dives See in context

If the yen continues to fluctuate like this, the government is ready to take the necessary response in financial markets.

It's not fluctuating, it's just falling. I guess that means there won't be a "necessary response".

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

Raising minimum wage will result in price increases but it will also force larger corporations to raise their wages because will now be competing with the minimum wage at the lower end. Increased wages will also force companies to improve productivity if they want to stay competitive. Ideally, there shouldn't be minimum wages in actual free market societies with a healthy job market and good job mobility like some northern European countries but unless otherwise forced by the government, the employers here know that they can keep squeezing their employees without increasing turnout. Years of giving them carrots with loose fiscal policy didn't work, it is time for the stick.

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

Here is what they are still not doing: Raise the minimum wage to 1500 JPY. One time cash handouts are not going to solve anything, especially when it is embarrassingly low like this.

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

Quite ironic to spend that much on security considering the event that caused this funeral.

Pretty sure all those foreign "dignitaries" will bring their own security detail, LDP should just leave security to the pros. Kishida can hide behind Obama.

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Posted in: Bus company disciplined after driver orders maskless passenger off bus See in context

unsettling to other passengers because of the coronavirus.

And that matters because?

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

So they were waiting for the object detection tech to be capable of identifying fruits and vegetables to start using scales instead of selling by piece? It's quite simply not true. Check the self registers at supermarkets, they are often left unused. It is the people that want their fruits individually wrapped. They got used to it, now they won't change their habits unless otherwise forced by legistlation.

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Posted in: Kishida says gov't panel on inflation and wages to meet Friday See in context

Kishida said the government should consider reviewing and raising subsidies for regional revitalization so they can be used to respond effectively to surging prices.

Go to travel 2.0. That's all that's going to come out of that panel.

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Posted in: Japan warns of impact of yen's rapid depreciation to 24-year low See in context

We have an agreement by the Group of Seven and others that excess volatility and disorderly movements in exchange rates can have an adverse impact on economic and financial stability,

I guess what they are suggesting is that all countries including the US should lower interest rates despite their high inflation because JPY needs to be stabilized. How about following the rest of G7 and raising interest rates if you prefer JPY to be stable? There's another way to induce inflation: Raise the minimum wage to 1500 JPY.

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Posted in: Pretax profits at Japanese firms hit record high in April-June See in context

Very naive to think that quitting a job would equal better pay. Japan's job "market" is a huge scam. There's little competition between various employers because they all work in tandem to keep the wages artificially low despite very low unemployment figures and high jobs to job seekers ratios. Ever heard of an oligopoly?

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry, seeking arms buildup, makes opaque budget request See in context

"Defense" spending is an easy front to making their allies and indirectly themselves rich. Scare the people with a bogeyman, and spend away, oldest trick in the book.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to sever LDP's ties with Unification Church See in context

Hmm, start by not spending tax payer money for funeral of a guy who was tied to them at the navel?

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

Lack of capacity due to their inferior culture, race and socioeconomics level.

Spoken like a true follower of science.

Countdown before he becomes Japan's minister of health started. Give it two-three years.

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Posted in: Court upholds constitutionality of gaming addiction ordinance See in context

So government micromanaging every tiny aspect of one's life including how they are supposed to bring up children is constitutional, got it. Another decision from the rubber stamp machine courts.

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Posted in: Sony hikes PS5 prices in Japan, other markets; U.S. consumers spared See in context

It's still the cheapest in Japan at least in nominal terms. In purchasing power adjusted price though...

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Posted in: Japanese firms' earnings momentum unlikely to bring hoped-for wage hikes See in context

So what was the point of the endless QE, negative interest rates by BOJ?

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Posted in: Why the Unification Church has become a headache for Kishida See in context

Japanese conservatism is ripe for cultist exploitation as it has no cultural background. Traditional Japan had no issues with neither homosexuality, nor pornography, nor psychoactive substances. So they have to find whatever allies they can to gear up support for this fake conservatism.

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Posted in: At least 5 members of Kishida's new cabinet had links with Unification Church See in context

I have only appointed (to the cabinet) those who have agreed to examine their ties (to the church) and impartially review it based on the findings

The bar for accountability is underground.

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet to boost public support See in context

Minister of Economy

Minister for Regional Revitalization

Minister for Economic Revitalization

Minister in Charge of Economic Security

Four ministers in charge of economy. I suppose Japan's economy is going to skyrocket with so many qualified people working on it, right?

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Posted in: Japan recognizes Turkish Kurd as refugee for first time See in context

I don't think Erdogan and most Turkish people will be offended one bit if Japan takes all Kurdish dissenters as refugees.

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Posted in: Kishida says new cabinet members must review ties with Unification Church See in context

Yes, self review is all that's needed to find the ties to UC. Because honor system works so well with politicians.

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Posted in: Support for Kishida cabinet lowest since it was formed: NHK See in context

Voters woke up to realize who they are in bed with. But come next election, they are going to put the beer goggles on again. LDP only needs to make half an effort for 2-3 months before the elections, maybe they elect another puppet if this one's beyond redemption like Suga.

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