The event suits the country that is defiantly stuck in the analog age. Shame they are wasting tax payer money for it though.
-10 ( +8 / -18 )
I wonder how the cost of storing the water continually would stack up against this ban and the reputational damage Japan is getting in East Asia. It feels like Japan as a whole is subsidizing the damage borne of Tepco's debacles and mismanagement.
-3 ( +4 / -7 )
The most common response given was that "there is no particular reason" at 30.3 percent
Well that's a cop out answer. I don't understand why that was even given as an option. State your prejudice openly and honestly.
13 ( +18 / -5 )
Automakers are the last remaining large scale manufacturing business that Japan hasn't lost to SK and China. BOJ is working hard to keep them alive at the expense of the global purchasing power of the Japanese people but they should just rip the band aid and let them fight on equal grounds on the global market. The ones that survive will be healthier and can guarantee sustainable profitability for the foreseeable future without relying on the decimation the value of JPY. The ones that don't should be acquired by the highest bidder. No more protectionism against foreign buyers.
5 ( +11 / -6 )
Gotta keep the ethno-nationalist, ultra far right-wing base happy with empty posturing and platitudes as he's not making anybody happy with actual government policy. "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"
0 ( +6 / -6 )
Well that didn't stop them from enshrining them and eventually even their PM from making a point of visiting the said shrine. I guess they should've had them enshrined in some random island in the Pacific or even Antarctica instead to prevent that.
-15 ( +11 / -26 )
Mr. "Pig" is 63 years old but mentally hasn't matured past the 3rd grade. His resignation and apology isn't enough, the people responsible for his appointment to the role must explain under what merits this person was ever allowed to hold such a high position in public service as it is obvious that he is mentally deranged and unfit for the role from the get go.
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Setting aside the pre-WW2 levels of racism, this also shows the racist mind's complete ineptitude in understanding business or well anything at all. Would it be hard for the persona-non-grata Vietnamese people to give some cash to a Japanese boy to collect the items for them? How will they even check people's nationality, every southeast Asian looking person now needs to show an ID to buy items?
7 ( +12 / -5 )
The empire strikes back.
8 ( +17 / -9 )
Well it is the pot calling the kettle black. But Japan's whining when some country calls them out on their WW2 history is never not going to amuse me.
"may also lead to anti-Russian sentiment among the Japanese people"
Sounds like a veiled threat. Russian people in Japan have nothing to do with their tyrant government.
-8 ( +2 / -10 )
"positive for some sectors but negative for others."
Amazing analysis skills, totally deserving the position that he is holding.
The cascaded weakening of JPY is a design by LDP and their lackeys at BOJ to bring Japan back to the " good old days" with cheap labor that supports an internationally competitive export sector. It is designed to make the business owners rich at the expense of the workers' buying powers. Business owners will make the same old excuses as to why they are cautious of increasing spending and raising wages all the while turning record profits and hoarding it to raise the prices at the stock market. It's been working so far. This may however lead to yet another asset price bubble and the subsequent crash will be the final nail in the coffin of the Japanese economy.
0 ( +13 / -13 )
If the politicians want uninterrupted speeches, they are free to rent a venue and hire their private security to deal with hecklers. Public venues are... well, public, free for anyone to express their opinions at any time anywhere and yes that includes speeches of Abe and whichever puppet of Nippon Kaigi is the PM at that time. The police are not supposed to be the gestapo for LDP, they should ascertain public safety.
0 ( +1 / -1 )
"Well, at least they didn't suffocate slowly."
They may have been crushed slowly.
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"But the high court said the removal of Osugi, 35, was legal due to reasonable concerns he could be hurt by others in the crowd or pose a threat to Abe.
As for Momoi, 27, it noted that she was already some way away from Abe when she was moved by the police."
Quite arbitrary but this essentially mean politicians in Japan have one directional rights to using public places as their propaganda outlets to spread whatever lies they choose absent any protests.
10 ( +15 / -5 )
Hope he is able to get the fair trial he was denied in Japan. But all things said and done, what are the odds of a court in Lebanon being able to enforce a defamation charge on Nissan?
7 ( +20 / -13 )
Buffett must have confidence that the BOJ will keep propping the stock market up at the cost of JPY's purchasing power. There's short term profit to be made.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
Businesses in Japan need to learn to take risks and spend money to make money instead of waiting for government handouts.
5 ( +5 / -0 )
Another goal that they obviously cannot achieve. While it is good that they are improving childcare support and benefits, that is obviously not the main reason that the executive positions at companies are filled with Japanese men.
"As part of efforts to enhance women's empowerment at home, the government would request companies listed on the Prime Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange to nominate at least one female board member by around 2025, according to the draft."
Can't say no to the money from Norwegian sovereign wealth fund. Hope the Norwegians also confirm that the women sitting on the boards aren't someone else's sock puppets put there to act as the token female.
-5 ( +5 / -10 )
I don't have tattoos nor do I plan to get one. But I wouldn't make broad social policies based on my personal taste on the matter. I think that should be easy to grasp as a voting member of a democratic society.
6 ( +9 / -3 )
Kind of funny to complain about the copy pastiness of tattoos in a country where all expressions of individuality is institutionally sucked out of people and we are left with the scenes at entrance ceremonies of corps. Time for this discriminative and objectively stupid "tradition" to die.
-9 ( +15 / -24 )
Necessity for the labor of all the discrimated people, not respect for basic human rights will bring this country to the 21st century step by step.
-10 ( +16 / -26 )
It's just a simple rule of thumb for investment. Barring rare exceptions, all male boards in Japan are governing the companies like we are still in the 1980's. You just can't expect growth from those companies. Having a woman on the board doesn't automatically qualify for better governance but it is one indicator for the board that it is mentally in this century.
-2 ( +10 / -12 )
Haha, that's just pathetic. They think people have the money to travel anywhere after decades of stagnation? Best course of action for them would be to try and attract foreign visitors instead. Got an image to erase from the minds of the people from the last 3 years of closed borders policy.
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And the taxi driver hauling them around is in their 80s. It'd be much better allocation of taxpayer money to provide the services of Uber without the platform fees to encourage ride sharing. But that would effectively end the taxi companies, so not going to happen.
2 ( +8 / -6 )
"Some 53 percent said Article 9 should be amended while 45 percent were opposed.
The survey also showed 71 percent said same-sex marriage should be recognized, compared with 26 percent who oppose it.
Among other contentious issues, separate surnames for married partners received approval from 77 percent of respondents."
Let's see which of these issues will be pushed by the majority party to become law in "democratic" Japan.
-2 ( +12 / -14 )
Here's a radical idea. Allow office workers to wear casual clothes all throughout the year (with exceptions). We aren't in the 1980's anymore. And the ugly, cheap suits most people buy because they have to is visually worse anyway.
6 ( +13 / -7 )
People reveling on this news, thinking Tokyo and Osaka are going to get less crowded don't see that the populations of these areas are still increasing while Japan is shedding one million people per year. The decreasing population is only going to make the megalopolises more crowded until literally everyone has moved into one of these areas. Reason is quite simple, the lower population areas will not get enough investment to even keep the lights on. People will emigrate to larger population centers to find jobs and make a living. Rural areas will be populated by the few that mega farming corporations will employ to continue their operations.
4 ( +14 / -10 )
"We have proven that even an ant can hurt an elephant if we work together in unity and solidarity."
Opposition parties need to learn how not to sound so defeatist. Likening yourself to ants and the governing party to elephants surely isn't a winning strategy.
"The Yamaguchi No. 2 district was previously held by former Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, Abe's younger brother. But he retired for health reasons in early February, and his eldest son, Nobuchiyo Kishi ran in his father's place."
He resigned due to the UC fiasco, how quickly people forget that. And since little Kishi Junior clearly has no qualifications beside his papa's endorsement, it would be totally fair to judge him based on his father's legacy.
7 ( +9 / -2 )