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Posted in: Police officer in koban stabbed to death in Sendai; attacker shot dead See in context

Sounds like suicide by cop.

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Posted in: 1st case of unlicensed private lodging sent to prosecutors See in context

This is primarily about controlling tax revenue. By making a regulation hurdle which forces them to register, you implement a system that makes it easier to track the properties and keep on top of the tax revenue generated by each property. It’s the same with all of the sharing/gig economy. Uber is another example. Municipalities wish to outlaw Uber because the taxi service is a monopwhere the government forces taxi companies to pay large licensing fees in order to operate. Uber undercuts this system and licensing revenue has dropped dramatically everywhere they operate. Only in areas where public pressure to keep the gig economy open is greater than the pressure to close it by the business owners losing revenue is it allowed to flourish. Japan is not known for organized public pressure in support of dramatic economic and societal change.

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Posted in: Mayor of Japan’s Conan town to Conan O’Brien: 'If you want the money, come visit' See in context

That's how the american world works. Trying to get money even if you don't deserve it or on the base of a stupid reason.

And this how you would expect someone who is ignorant of the situation to respond. Conan is a biting satirist. He is brilliantly intelligent and his humor sometimes flies above those with less evolved senses of humor.

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Posted in: New Netflix series 'Insatiable' faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations See in context

I’m ok with a little bit of fat shaming. Skin color, sexual orientation and ethnicity are all things you are born with. They are not a choice, so I never understood how one could hate someone for the way they are born. For most people, though, weight/physique is mostly about personal discipline. Getting proper exercise and monitoring caloric intake are quite simple and those who don’t have amount self-respect to take care of themselves don’t deserve my respect. Obviously, so people have medical issues which prevent them from maintaining a healthy weight and those people have my sympathy. And all the obese children here in the US waddling around behind their morbidly obese parents-the children have my heartfelt sympathy because they are being neglected and forced into a lifetime of unhealthiness. This politically correct idea that if you are fat, then be proud of it is crazy! It’s terrible for you personally and it is a major drain on society for the added cost of healthcare and lost production.

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Posted in: Prosecutors rip into Trump's ex-campaign chief Manafort as trial opens See in context

The noose tightens.

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Posted in: Global foreign investment flows tumble on Trump's tax reform, OECD says See in context

Even CNN are reporting unemployment down, economic growth up and as good as full employment-all the detractors need to take it all in....

What do you mean EVEN CNN? They are a news organization. Where do you get your news?

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Posted in: 1/3 of households in Japan on edge of bankruptcy: BOJ study See in context

As in bank savings? Why would you put any money in a bank in Japan or pretty much anywhere in the West for that matter at present interest rates? Barely keeping up with inflation. You would have to be dumb to do so. Better off putting it index funds, retirement savings or even gold. Hiding it under the pillow as almost a better option.

In what country can you receive interest from a bank account that exceeds ir even matches inflation? I can answer that for you. No where. It doesn’t exist. To grow your money faster than inflation requires taking risk and you should not take risk with your emergency savings. Long term retirement savings yes, but “I need the money today to pay for my kids surgery” savings, no. As a Finacial Planner in the US, I see this a lot here. About half of Americans have zero saved for retirement and have less than $1k in the bank for emergencies, so they are one missed pay check from financial difficulties. Savings is all about discipline. We are a single income family and I make less than 6 figures, yet we own two homes and the one with a mortgage is rented and nets me $1k/month in income which more than covers the bills on my second home allowing me to max my retirement savings and save for another income property. We live a nice life, coming to Japan every summer, but we are miticulous about saving and watch what we spend. We rarely eat out, thus are able to save more. Saving money is mostly about discipline and if you are not saving at least 15%, then you are spending too much and need to rework your budget. It may not be easy, but it can be done.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker says LGBT couples lack 'productivity' See in context

What is psychology wrong with people that can’t accept those who are different? Shame.

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Posted in: Diet OKs law to allow up to 3 casino resorts See in context

Pachinko parlors on sale now!

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Posted in: Court orders retrial of deceased man convicted in 1984 murder See in context

Hopefully every policeman, prosecutor and judge who participated in this travesty will rot in hell.

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Posted in: ‘Jisa Biz’ campaign to ease overcrowding on Tokyo trains starts Monday See in context

Feel very fortunate to have worked for a German owner of the firm at which I was employed. We could wear short sleeved polos in the office (unless we had meetings with outsiders of course) and we did not clock in. You were treated as an adult, you were given the support and resources to thrive and you didn’t have to come in during rush hour if you chose not to. I’d probably still be there if not for 3/11.

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Posted in: BOJ's Harada spurns rate hikes, says 2% inflation goal needs lower unemployment See in context

The unemployment rate is a bit misguided given the high number of temporary and part-timers. People spend more when they have long-term confidence and they stick it in the bank if they feel less sure they will continue to have sufficient income.

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Posted in: Japanese newlyweds can order a special wedding service that won’t leave a dry eye in the house See in context

That was retarded. They weren’t really crying, were they?

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Posted in: 12 Christian sites in Japan added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

I particularly like religious sites of antiquity, since that means they are no longer in use for their intended and often repressive uses.

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car on Nagano highway See in context

 Little kids will always be little kids, and unless you have them on a leash, can never keep track of them every single second

If I was standing within walking distance of a highway and I needed to do something that required my undevided attention (never going to happen, but for arguments sake) then I’d put my kid on a leash. Kids will be kids is never an excuse. If you need to chat then you hold your kid or put yourself between them and any potential danger and devote 50% of your attention to the conversation and 50% towards tracking your kid.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

How can a country profit from tobacco which caused disease that costs more than the profits in taxes? The absurdity is hard to wrap my head around.

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Posted in: Former taxi driver arrested after stalking actress Momoko Kikuchi for 2nd time See in context

Why is his former job as a taxi driver even mentioned since it has no bearing on the story? Is that how they met originally? She took a cab ride from him.? Ok, then it’s relevant, otherwise it is unnecessary and bizarre. Why, then, isn’t every criminal described as former student since everyone one went to school at some point in their past?

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Posted in: Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara See in context

Heartless pigs. Trump would be proud.

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Posted in: Joint session: Pot found growing at lawmakers' building See in context

How many committee meetings did they have to have before the decision was made to call someone else to come pull the plants?

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Posted in: Joint session: Pot found growing at lawmakers' building See in context

The gardener failed to properly weed the garden. Also, could have been hemp. They’re hard to tell apart if they haven’t began to bud.

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Posted in: Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan See in context

How can they estimate, with a study group of 5000 who only half responded?

It’s called statistics. The margin of error is partially determined by the number of respondents.

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Posted in: Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan See in context

Paint thinner? The authorioshould be pushing pot over paint thinner. There is no comparison. Paint thinner is much more harmful. Jeez!

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Posted in: Over 2,000 fire ants discovered in Osaka; 2 people hurt See in context

I’ll trade. I’ve got about 10 million in a rotten palm tree I’m trying to remove from a home I just purchased in Florida.

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Posted in: For governments and local residents in some countries, including Japan, Airbnb and other short-term rental companies are being blamed for pricing out long-term renters and side-stepping the regulations and taxes imposed on hotels and registered apartments. What are your views on this? See in context

Let the free market determine rental rates. If Certain areas need more shirt-term accommodations, then AirBnB will thrive and if more long term rentals are needed, then developers will come in and build more. Try to use regulation to limit the free markets is bad in the long run.

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Posted in: Japan to bring in more foreign workers See in context

This skilled worker isn’t coming back until They learn to set the air conditioner in the office to about 23 degrees Celsius rather than the unhealthy 28 C designated by the Cool Biz campaign. I had skin issues every summer due to a constant state of sweatiness. Though me an the Mrs. have discussed retiring back to Japan which will be around 2040 and I am predicting around that time Japan’s economy will be collapsing due to its debt, aging population and refusal/difficulties integrating foreign workers. Those living in Japan now are at the front edge of fastest decline in population of an advanced nation ever seen in History.Japans population will drop from 130 million to around 90 million in 2040 assuming they don’t open the immigration floodgates. If that happens you cannot imagine the devastating effects of that economic decline. It will not be pretty, but it will be a much cheaper place to live if you are bring in foreign currency. You read it here first, assuming no drastic change in immigration policy, in 2040 the exchange rate for US$1=JPY¥300+.

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Posted in: Music exec urges industry to keep its ears open to new sounds See in context

Since when has any music exec in Japan had his ears open to musical talent. I can say without equivocation that Japan has the worst music of any country in the world.

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Posted in: Trump confounds allies, facts with stance on Russia See in context

Trump makes me literally sick to my stomach. I’ve never said that about any president, as I am 5th generation of military service and second in my family to enlist in the Navy. I’m glad I separated before this loon took over and I look forward to seeing America come to its senses and vote him and all who support him out. What has happened to me beloved Amaerica? We are becoming a banana republic.

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Posted in: Man shot dead by police after knife attack in Kumamoto See in context

Violent Crimes rates in Japan, as with most of the world, have been dropping consistently over time. The statistics are clear, even in the US, it is true. The fact that we have access to so much more media makes it seem like crime is up, but it is way down, except for fraud and internet related crimes.

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Posted in: Kwansei suspends further American football games against Nihon University See in context

It’s really hard to know what happened here since we are getting the translated English version of the Japanese which was translated from coahspeak originally. Growing up playing football you often had coaches tell you to “kill or destroy” the opposing players or teams. Metaphors of war are ubiquitous in sports, but as a player you knew they didn’t mean to kill them. They just wanted you to play hard and overpower your opponent and to hit them so hard they would lose their will to compete. Without being there, so this is purely speculation, so a coach would need to be very explicit to order “a hit” that was intended to maime someone. Knocking the QB out of the game with a legal hit was the goal in every play. Football is a tough sport and the QB knows he is a target, but it is never ok to do so outside of the rules. I imagine the player probably misinterpreted the coaches or is lying to cover up responsibility for his penalty. If the coaches do order a hit, then they should be banned and charged criminally.

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Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age? See in context

I must have been killed by a monarch in a past life because I have a slightly unnatural visceral anger when it comes to the absurdity of monarchy and I have a hard time respecting people who drool over them. The coverage of the wedding here in the US made me want to vomit. And seeing all the watch parties made me want to punch the attendees, then vomit.

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