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Posted in: Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens See in context

70% drop for bitcoin is nothing. It is still way above its value of zero.

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Posted in: Charges dropped against immigration officials over Sri Lankan woman's death See in context

Japan is a great country and then they go and do this sort of stuff. Shameful. Come on Japan do better!

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Posted in: NTT to begin remote work as norm for 30,000 employees in July See in context

Brilliant! But other companies that have managers who need a power trip will make people come back to work even if not needed or less efficient.

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Posted in: Aichi woman arrested for mixing human excrement into school lunch See in context

Not criminal per se but punish her and get her to eat her own fecal matter. There should be a law that involves allowing punishment to be the same as the crime. Like for like.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games total cost drops to ¥1.42 trillion: source See in context

Olympic Committee….Crooks…..basically a big government scheme to redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the rich. They all need some retribution.

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Posted in: Pringles Japan takes on an American classic with return of their cheeseburger flavor chips See in context

Try all the fancy flavors they want but just hasn’t tasted the same since they stopped making it in Japan and started making it in Malaysia. Sticking with the US imported ones.

Same with Ritz (Indonesia), Oreos (China)……stick with YBC noir who used to make Oreos in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan eyes reform of outdated labor systems based on gender roles See in context

Great, that women get more opportunities and equal pay. I support that. What I don’t support and hate is when companies promote people because they are a woman when there is a more qualified male candidate. That bias goes against the very moral of what they are trying to combat.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics legacy venue proving a chronic headache See in context

Disgusting. People should be held accountable. Like criminals, the Olympic committee and politicians involved should go to jail and face heavy fines and penalties to their private and business income to discourage this sort of thing happening.

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Posted in: Businesses rattled by gov't caution to ease restrictions for foreign tourists See in context

@ Nihon Tora.

I too live in Japan, a Japanese wife and child. We went back to Europe just when the omicron started for a holiday so I had to do the hotel quarantine when I came back, but it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. I plan to travel internationally privately at least 2 more times this year.

Also Japan has started allowing already first and second kinship to visit so your parents can come.

People in my company have also started to travel internationally for work without problem.

So for people who live in Japan and work here, I don’t see much difficulty at the moment. Only the annoyance of possible required tests and quarantine if testing positive.

I would encourage you to start living normally.

My comment was more on:

1) I still believe Japan should focus on domestic tourism as a base. As if to be honest international tourism is horrible for people living in Japan. I you appreciate what Japan used to be like before it opened up, you will understand.

2) And the fact that Japan should be able to do what it thinks is best for its people. Not be forced to do it because of reciprocity.

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Posted in: Businesses rattled by gov't caution to ease restrictions for foreign tourists See in context

There is validity in rather focusing efforts to develop a solid core domestic tourism and to stop relying on foreign tourists. Japan is allowed to do what it wants and open its borders to whoever they choose. Just because other countries allow Japanese tourists to travel there does not mean Japan should be forced to reciprocate. It’s priority is to it’s people and what the government believes is in the peoples best interest. If you notice, there are no major protests from people who live in Japan to let tourists in as they do not follow local rules and think they know better (like some of the people who comment on here). All it is doing is making locals grow more weary of tourists. As the saying goes, “do in Rome as the Romans do”.

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Posted in: Japan needs foster care rather than institutions: UK experts See in context

"juminRhee Today  09:08 am JST


If a potential foster parent has to go through training, why dont potential birth parents have to?

Because birth parents have their children with them from day one. While they certainly will need help and advice at times, in the end birth parents and their children begin bonding from the very beginning.

In contrast, foster parents are taking in children who in many cases may already be several years old, with issues having already developed before the foster parents even meet them. And every effort should be made to help them face those issues with regard to a child with whom they haven't been able to bond since birth.

So, not the same thing.


Agreed but to be honest many birth parents should get training also...

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Posted in: Japan needs foster care rather than institutions: UK experts See in context

"Why does an adult need to be trained to foster a child?" ....Exactly why education is needed.

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Posted in: Boeing suspends testing of long-haul 777X aircraft See in context

ANA has an order for 10 of the 777-X due for delivery in 2021. They also have 30 737-Max8 on order which they haven’t yet cancelled in the wake of the crashes. I have been a loyal flyer of ANA as they are an amazing airline, but if they choose to continue to put these types of issue filled planes into service, it will be at the expense of safety and calls into question their integrity. I would definitely consider switching to Japan airlines who currently favors airbus and have no Max on orders. I have nothing against previous Boeing planes. Actually prefer to fly on them, but when an plane manufacturer starts putting profit way way before safety it’s a big big problem.

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Posted in: Pringles adds 2 more flavors to their Japan range See in context

The Pringles they commonly sell in Japan are now all made in Malaysia. They just don't quite taste the same as the US made ones. .......I have since stopped buying them.

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Posted in: 'Minister of Toilets' aims to transform Japan's public loos See in context

Although uncomfortable, squat toilets are useful as there is no skin contact. Take your pick: (1) Sitting on a toilet covered in piss or (2) using a squat toilet.

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Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination? See in context

What a stupid article! Did anyone look at the year on year increase? > 20% year on year. And I don't know anyone who doesn't want to visit Japan. Its not even expensive anymore, especially when you take quality into account.

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Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly' See in context

Agreed! no class at all. And also Japan are doing pretty well. 18-11 medal ratio to china is pretty phenomenal, since the population of China is literally 10 times that of Japan!

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks after sales tax hike See in context

Companies are being really opportunistic and charging way higher for many items than the tax hike. Another article mentioned as high as 20% but have seen some items gone up more than 50%.......that is a ridiculous amount! Hope those companies overcharging get their just desserts!

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Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters See in context

passing on costs.....basic normal people will get shortchanged!!!

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Posted in: China Internet users call for action against Japan See in context

Isn't this a common Communist government agenda, find a common enemy and focus the population on that rather than the regional conflicts that would arise from within that would lead to a lost of control of power. Anything coming out of China is meaningless anyway since all the websites are censored.

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Posted in: Mother ordered to pay Y95 mil after bicycle-riding son collides with elderly woman See in context

The insurance company is a joke, the judge is a joke. Why should the insurance company get paid, isn't that what the insurance company is for! Otherwise there should be no need for anyone to pay monthly fees. I wish they would name the insurance company and give it a bad rap. Judge must be corrupt.

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Posted in: TEPCO hires nuclear safety advocate See in context

Slightly biased interests if you ask me......Chairman of Nuclear Energy Startup Hyperion!.....anyway hope she does get the safety levels up to ABOVE standard because Japan does need nuclear power stations. And if anyone can, this lady probably can....she would kick any man into place! One tough cookie!

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Posted in: Japan says Australia trying to impose its culture in whaling row See in context

Excuse #1 It is for scientific research. Excuse #2 It is to protect dwindling fish stocks. Excuse #3 It is our culture.

If #1 is not working, try #2 and then #3.

When something is about science, then there is only one excuse #1. Japan and the range of excuses it uses means it is not about scientific research. The trouble is some normal folk actually support and believe all this and when you talk to them they start ranting off about its their culture...... Ironic thing is many of these people who complain don't even like or eat Whale meat!

Its just to maintain those few who make a living off the Whale industry. Maybe the government should spend these research funds on finding a replacement industry.

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Posted in: Court ruling orders anyone with a TV-equipped device to pay NHK’s public broadcasting license fee See in context

There is something very wrong with this. NHK should be sued for transmitting a signal to peoples private TV systems, without people having the right to opt out of it. People should mass together and sue NHK.

If NHK wants to make money try selling advertisements!

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Posted in: Shop 'til you drop See in context

One does wonder how people in Japan have coped up until now....

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Posted in: Japan aims to attract more tourists from Islamic countries See in context

When in Rome do as the Romans do.....Japan does not need to do anything special to attract more Muslim countries or people of other countries. You don't see much news of muslim countries doing anything special. People should come to Japan because they want to and to be honest most people you talk to want to visit Japan, its just prohibitively expensive for some people. Just do normal marketing.

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Posted in: 3 school bullies sent to child consultation center following suicide of victim See in context

And even if the teachers had realised they would have done nothing about it! Shame on the students and the teachers. On saying that they should get all the students in the school together and kick the crap out of the bullies.....people should get what they dish out.

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Posted in: Buddhist monk arrested after exposing himself in video rental shop See in context

How unenlightened.....

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Posted in: Saitama junior high teacher arrested over alleged sexual assault See in context

He should get molested by a gang of big hairy guys from the blue oyster bar and see how he likes it.......unfortunately he might enjoy it! Disgrace to the profession.

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Posted in: Boeing, U.S. FAA defend approval of 787 Dreamliner See in context

7000 hours of testing to say "quite robust" is not exactly confidence inspiring!

It should be 100% robust when safety is involved.

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