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Posted in: Japan announces ¥20.7 bil relief fund for seafood exporters hit by China's ban See in context

"The alternative would be just as expensive. They arent releasing the treated water for the hell of it."

Did Tepco ever release the annual cost of storing the water? Notice that by releasing the water, Tepco's problem is now Japan's problem. And they are socializing their losses.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

Posted in: Kishida, 3 ministers eat Fukushima fish to show it's safe See in context

Putting aside the actual radioactivity of the waters at Fukushima, this is a mockery of the Japanese people. It is quite obvious that a single meal has a very low likelihood of causing any permanent harm but continuing on a much longer term may cause cancer or other illnesses. Please stop with this pointless gesturing and go do something useful for once.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Posted in: Osaka concerned over World Expo slow pavilion construction See in context

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 )

Posted in: Japan eyes aid for fisheries hit by China's seafood import ban See in context

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 )

Posted in: Over 50% of seniors in Japan wishing to be in work unemployed: survey See in context

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 )

Posted in: Weak yen gives Japan's automakers temporary relief from China pain See in context

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 )

Posted in: Kishida sends offering to Yasukuni shrine on WWII anniversary See in context

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 )

Posted in: U.S. scattered Japan war criminals' ashes at sea to prevent worship See in context

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 )

Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya deputy mayor resigns for calling assemblywoman 'pig' See in context

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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Posted in: Pokemon card shop in Osaka says it will refuse to buy cards from any Vietnamese people See in context

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 )

Posted in: Tokyo entertainment complex remodels restroom to remove gender-neutral setup See in context

The empire strikes back.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Posted in: Japan protests Russia's declaring Sept 3 as day of victory over 'militaristic' Japan See in context

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 )

Posted in: G7 vows to narrow gender economic gaps See in context

G7 does not really need to look outside to work on gender equality. The elephant is in the room with them.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Posted in: Yen weakening may prove debilitating blow to Japan See in context

"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 )

Posted in: Court partly overturns damages for hecklers removed from Abe speech See in context

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 )

Posted in: Pilot, 4 passengers of Titan submersible are dead, U.S. Coast Guard says See in context

"Well, at least they didn't suffocate slowly."

They may have been crushed slowly.

-17 ( +3 / -20 )

Posted in: Court partly overturns damages for hecklers removed from Abe speech See in context

"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 )

Posted in: Ghosn files $1 billion lawsuit in Lebanon against Nissan over his imprisonment in Japan See in context

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 )

Posted in: Warren Buffett's firm increases stakes in 5 Japanese trading houses See in context

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 )

Posted in: Japan seeks regional tourism shake-up as demand exposes staff shortages See in context

Businesses in Japan need to learn to take risks and spend money to make money instead of waiting for government handouts.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan seeks over 30% of female executives in key firms by 2030 See in context

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 )

Posted in: Japan to consider allowing tattooed youths to join SDF See in context


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 )

Posted in: Japan to consider allowing tattooed youths to join SDF See in context

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 )

Posted in: Ex-lawmaker GaaSyy arrested upon return to Japan See in context

Arresting political opponents on bogus charges, surely can't happen in the beacon of democracy and human rights, Japan. Right?

-4 ( +30 / -34 )

Posted in: Japan to consider allowing tattooed youths to join SDF See in context

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 )

Posted in: Norwegian fund to reject all-male boards in Japanese firms See in context

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 )

Posted in: Japanese people urged to travel abroad to help airlines, tourism industry See in context

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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Posted in: City in Nagano offers super cheap taxi fares to seniors who give up licenses, and to disabled people See in context

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 )

Posted in: Japan split over Diet debate on Constitution revision: survey See in context

"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 )

Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

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 )

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