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Posted in: Japan to spend ¥164.7 bil on 2025 Osaka expo amid public skepticism See in context

Politicians need there

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Posted in: Dogs, antennas and honey for Japan's big bear problem See in context

The severed head of a fisherman was found by a lake in May. A bear was reportedly spotted with his waders dangling from its mouth.

Wasn't that a scene from Cocaine Bear? If not, it should have.

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Posted in: Dogs, antennas and honey for Japan's big bear problem See in context

"For a long time, Japanese people co-existed with wild animals... They believed in the presence of gods in every kind of living thing and avoided unnecessary killing," Tanaka said.

It appears that wild boar didn't get the message.

This Japanese "one with nature" sounds sweet and all, but complete nonsense and just romanticizes Hollywood's stereotypes. Whether it is bears, deer, monkeys, wild boar and the list continues - Japan is no different than the rest of the world.

When it comes to crops, profit, convivence, a mountain top retreats, animals lose every time. And lets not get started on the abysmal quality of zoos or the dichotomy in pet owners from dogs on a chain kept outside all year to canine message therapists.

Basically all I am saying is this "They believed in the presence of gods in every kind of living thing and avoided unnecessary killing," is hogwash.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders 2 Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean workers for forced labor See in context

Every single plaintiff were former forced laborer. Former forced laborer's descendants have no legal standing to sue, 

Korean courts beg to differ.

I would argue that  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' profits today can be directly attributed in part to its humans rights/slave labor savings during the war/occupation.

I agree and have written before that a lot of the whining from S, Korea and China et. al., are mostly fanned for local consumption and it is time to move on.

However, this is clear - Move this example to today - You find out that  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries failed to pay one your family members for years of work rendered. Wage theft. Unfortunately you only find out today while sorting out documents from same employee/ relative who died yesterday,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is off the hook because the aggrieved is deceased?

I don't know about the statute of limitations or even if this concept exists here or in Korea. But in this case, the facts are substantiated and apparently undisputed. The message must be that corporations regardfulness of the circumstances must be held accountable ill gotten profits, especially if those profits resulted from human rights abuse.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders 2 Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean workers for forced labor See in context

Ricky Kaminski13

I'd love to get 100k for something my great grandad went through! Ridiculous.

Rather the corporations who abused, umm enslaved the plaintiff's great grand dad (family members) should go unpunished. Justice served, Justice done. 100k a drop in the bucket. Should be 100Xs more.

Pay up!

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Posted in: S Korean court orders 2 Japanese companies to compensate wartime Korean workers for forced labor See in context

In this case, there are legit plaintiffs, the evidence supports abusive (to put in mildly) labor practices. The companies should be punished. I support the claimants. Pay up!

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Posted in: Police panel proposes up to ¥12,000 fine for cycling violations See in context

Capuchin I recently watched a guy riding the wrong way down a road, blast straight through a red traffic light at night with no lights, whilst singing to himself with earphones in and no hands on the handlebars. Talk about tempting fate.

What you need to check is why this makes you angry enough that you would hope for him harm? What exactly did he do to you? Why karma?

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Posted in: Police panel proposes up to ¥12,000 fine for cycling violations See in context

Please, lets create some nonsensical controversy to distract from the fact that big cities in Japan has some of the worst pedestrians infrastructure in the modern word. So while there are no sidewalks, just blue lines for kids to walk to school, street lights that date back to gas lights and zero enforcement of automobile traffic stopping at intersections we will instead complain about cyclists'. (Disclaimer - I live in a not so city, city in Kyushu)

What are the rules of the road? Police don't know.

Question #1 Legal or not legal for cyclists to ride on the road?

Question #2 Legal or not legal for cyclists to ride on the sidewalk?

Question #3 What is the punishment for not wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle.

And for the a slightly off the subject WTF? Televisions in passenger cars?

Japan is as serious about pedestrian safety as it is removing corrupt politicians.

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Posted in: Prosecutors search offices of two LDP factions mired in funds scandal See in context

The current system is corrupt and presents significant hurdles for those seeking to enter politics with good intentions.

However, this doesn't mean it's impossible. The true question isn't whether everyone in the system is corrupt, but rather how we can overcome the entrenched inequalities and limitations that hinder genuine progress.

This is where the younger generation comes in. We/they must become active participants in shaping our democracy, not just by voting, but also by volunteering, campaigning, and even running for office our/themselves. By working together across generations, we can break down barriers, build a more inclusive political landscape, and ensure that all voices are heard.

This will give us 10 years of good governance before they too become addicted to and obsessed with keeping power,

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Posted in: Woman arrested for killing sleeping husband by beating his head with vases See in context

 She was quoted as saying she got fed up with her husband always trying to take care of her.

Maybe a typo or mistranslation?

My thinking it would be the other away around.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S., Japan launch system to track N Korean missiles in real-time See in context

If it hasn't already covertly, Japan needs to break away from its passivists stance and take a more preemptive position in possessing nuclear weapons.

Tough cookies for So. Korea or China as they will enabibly whine about Japan's not so proud moments of brutal occupation. However any backlash for China/So. Korea are more aimed at local anti Japan consumption and has no practical value in the modern world.

No. Korea would be less aggressive about flexing it steroidal muscle knowing that Japan would respond instantly to a nuclear provocation and put an end No Korea, leaving no land for a dictator to dictate,

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Posted in: Ex-doctor gets prison term for consensual killing of woman with ALS See in context

It is called death with dignity, a personal choice and one that needs to be discussed openly. Processes and safeguards need to be created for people who would prefer quality over quantity of life.

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Posted in: Ohtani holds first news conference with Dodgers See in context

 I would rather see an LA hat than one for New York Yankees. 

Not if you are a Giants or Red Sox fan. Go Giants! Go Sox!

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Posted in: Putin vows to fight on in Ukraine until Russia achieves its goals See in context

What would anybody expect Putin to say? We made a tragic mistake. We're sorry, and we won't do it again. Putin will never give up as his legacy is at stake. Unless there's a massive revolt to remove him for power, or he dies, this conflict will never end.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics official pleads not guilty to taking bribes in exchange for Games contracts See in context

“It was strictly business and it was not a bribe.”

Precisely sums up the entire Olympic process. Corrupt.

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Posted in: Navy officer jailed in Japan over deadly car crash transferred to U.S. custody See in context

I don't buy the mountain sickness claim, however lawyers do what lawyers do to keep their clients out of jail.

My question, is there history of Japanese nationals experiencing the same judicial punishment for similar acts? If so, then so be it. If not, then this is a systemic issue of unequal application of the law.

To me this was a terrible accident, nothing premeditated and very unfortunate.

It would be nice that reporting news sources would have done their research to clear up the notion as to whether or not foreigners are treated differently than nationals.

But news organizations being what they are, there are more clicks, subscribes, with implied conspiracy as opposed to reporting facts.

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Posted in: Do you find it stressful trying to figure out what to give family members and friends for Christmas each year? Do you shop well in advance or wait until the last minute? See in context

If you're stressing over what to buy someone for Christmas, then you missed the point of Christmas. Perhaps why “Xmas” is the better label. Pure capitalism, probably the reason why US consumer debt is so high. Work hard to pay your debt down, come Christmas start stressing on what to buy, then Max out your credit cards, and repeat. Happy Xmas everyone.

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

Ummm, anyone interested in purchasing a slightly worn Anaheim Angle's cap?

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

deanzaZZR

As someone who grew up as a San Francisco Giants fan I hope the Dodgers just wasted a bunch of money and Ohtani's best years are behind him.

Go Giants !!!!!

Only bay area peeps understands the love to hate LA

It was the 2010 Giants team that brought respectability back to the major league.

Go Giants!

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Posted in: Insults fly as Haley's rise makes her target at U.S. Republican debate See in context

Watching this clown show show of spinless self-serving scum, it is not hard to understand why most people have such a low opinion of politicians. What a disgusting display of humanity.

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Posted in: Japan to recommend A-bomb photo archive for UNESCO heritage list See in context

This SF comfort woman statue should be in UNESCO Heritage list too.

No it shouldn't.

This statue was created not just to bring attention to Korean women, but it also included Chinese and Philippine women. Later on, watered down to include all women victims of sex trafficking. This was quite controversial and politically motivated. At the time, Mayor Lee, (Chinese) a disastrous mayor at that, always running for reelection, after a promise that he wouldn't run to be reelected, in a city with a huge Chinese population, approved this to bolster his reelection effort. It was all for naught as he died unexpectedly of a heart attack or something soon thereafter.. If we want to be fair and honest, then maybe there should be a statue erected of the victims of the Bodo League massacre.

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Posted in: Japan to recommend A-bomb photo archive for UNESCO heritage list See in context

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

While is it important to openly discuss the atrocities of war and particularly atomic war. It's also important that the revisionists textbook creators are openly honest about the causes.

As hard as they try to rewrite history and use Nagasaki and Hiroshima as evidence that Japan was strictly an innocent bystander/victim. I invite you to ask yourself this question,

If Japan had atomic weapons first, would they have used them?

The answer is unequivocally yes.

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Posted in: 18-year-old married couple arrested for burying body of newborn baby See in context

What is the actual cost of dealing with the dead in Japan ? And if you have no income, do you have any assistance ?

Interesting question, however maybe not relevant in this case. There is no indication that this was a stillbirth and the couple had no alternatives to dispose of the remains. It may be that the baby was buried alive.

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Posted in: Top court upholds 27-year sentence for Vietnamese man convicted of murder See in context

John

There has not been such penalty for other murder cases. This guy getting like more than 3 to 4 times sentence for being a foreigner. The laws seem to apply differently depending on people’s race. It is disgusting to see racial discrimination done openly.

Do you have any evidence to support this?

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Posted in: Top court upholds 27-year sentence for Vietnamese man convicted of murder See in context

smithinjapan ......then force people into slavery and debt to the point where they are desperate to go back to their home countries, they are naturally not always going to get the best, and one or two might even be desperate enough to kill.

A bit of hyperbole, the comparison to slavery. For a better comparison to slavery, think of a dog, on a chain, left outside 24/7, in some shappy cage, an old blanket whose very existence is at the whim of its master/mistress. Chattel, property to use and dispose of as you choose.

I think the trainees system is a sham, encourages exploitation both here and perhaps more so in the home countries of the migrants. But, in the end, they can leave. A fact that slaves were not entitled to.

I don't agree that anything can justify murdering and attacking people in their 70's who from the information available never met the animal who attacked them.

However I support your general message. The low skilled abusive migrant system needs a major overhaul and oversight. I won't dignify the program by using the "T" word.

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Posted in: Top court upholds 27-year sentence for Vietnamese man convicted of murder See in context

sakurasukiNov. 18  10:16 am JST

The fact they are not trainee, they are doing actual job with less pay, less then minimum wage. With that condition some of them, still can't get the amount that they are supposed get.

I was disappointed by the amount of dislikes. Perhaps it was the quoting that Vietnam....best and brightest cause the dislike, which in that case I concur.

The remainder of your comment is right on. Call it what it is - Low skilled immigrant labor. But it helps everyone sleep better knowing that the people who pick their fruit, make bentos, and mop hospitals is training for those less fortunate.

Knowing your freshly pick vegetable have been picked by exploited migrants, just does not taste as good.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

That nonsense wouldn't be put up with back in NYC. 

I lived in Brooklyn/Manhattan for 20 years - Small talk, a thank you to a cashier was the same there as anywhere else I lived in the states. Mostly positive, rarely negative and the rest indifferent. The idea people in NY(C) are rude, and or impolite is a bit of a stereotype.

Living here in Japan, no one ever seemed to be taken back by and thank you. Maybe a bit surprised coming to them in Japanese.

Not making small talk with cashiers is a beautiful thing.

Actually, Not making small talk it is a no thing.

It is a beautiful thing when people can be kind to each other.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

garypen

Driving on the left.

For me it is confusing the wiper and turn signal switches.

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Posted in: 'Like a video game': Japan's gangs hire online See in context

A lot lot lot lot more has to be done to reach out to the elderly and educate them on these various scams.

I don't have a solution, but there has to be some creative minds who can reach out and just educate these people.

They're from a foregone era of trust that is being evaporated exponentially day after day.

Not a way to live out the last years of your life, being scammed.

Something has to be done ASAP

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