Barto comments

Posted in: Tokyo ranked 3rd most attractive city in Global Power Index See in context

That's not exactly what you hear in Tokyo from "non-natives" both Japanese and non-Japanese

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Posted in: Japan's new foreign minister pledges to defend universal values See in context

How about starting with human right and justices values in Japan ? Instead of focusing on the universe.

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Posted in: Vietnam in same boat, says Japan defense minister amid China's rise See in context

Except for India, China's "investments" in projects and corruption grant them an absolute support in these areas. Strategically speaking, what is there interest in making allies with a US harbor (Japan), a place US will leave as soon as the ratio cost/benefit is not in their favor ? For Vietnam probably some investments, that's it.

It behoves ALL countries in the region to make a united stand against China's incursions in the region, not just Japan and Vietnam, but Thailand, Cambodia, Laos in the immediate region, and India, Pakistan and so on. Support all the like-minded neighbours and the rest of the world may support you too!

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Posted in: Businesses say Hong Kong quarantine threatens financial hub status See in context

maintains some of the strictest quarantine rules in the world, an approach that has kept virus cases low but left most residents cut off from the rest of the world for the past 18 months

Surely HK is not the only case because many sentences in this article apply to Japan as well. Any information on this topic related to Japan or is it censored and we are starting another "finger pointing marathon" ?

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Posted in: Police PR See in context

Love the "Assaulting is a crime". As if anybody speaking English needed the clarification.

Btw searching people without warrant or forcing them to come to "voluntary interrogation" is also a crime.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

If the productivity is as low as human can achieve why work 4-5 days a week anyway ?

Unfortunately this is created to cut the wages, not allow more work life balance for free.

with productivity showing limited improvement as people take fewer holidays compared to other developed countries and labor mobility stays low.

This is as usual a convinient half truth, the reality is that:

there is mostly no capability to manage, understand, organize work in JP companies

there is no capability to communicate on what's wrong and improve it

people can't get fired and promotion are time based : employees do not need to focus on their work, just attend

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Posted in: Toshiba's No. 2 shareholder calls for immediate resignation of chairman, 3 directors See in context

With a 7.2% stake they have as much chances of calling an EGM, or a GM and then pass a Resolution calling for the Directors to resign, as Peppa pig flying.

I say to Toshiba:

a) Ignore them;

b) Send them packing

Keep Japan Japanese.

Wake up call, Japan is amercian since 70 years. That's why they wrote constitution ...

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Posted in: S Korea rulings on wartime cases may reflect judges' conviction See in context

All these articles and comments about who's right and wrong are bogus on this topic in Japan.

The issue that JP has with Korea is racial and discrimatory, the other way around is true as well.

Any words or concepts are meaningless, whatever Korea does that is not in favor of the JP narrative will be bashed endlessly wether there are good or bad reasons. whatever Korea does in favor of the JP narrative will be prasied endlessly whether there are good or bad reasons. This is how this topic works.

This just shows the world why some countries shouldn't have an army, because they can''t deal with their own feeling and biases, and responsibilities afterwards... You don't give a gun to a child, you don't expect eh child to understand the extend of the problem afterwards, do you ?

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 See in context

When you're in an environnement where everything is done to avoid testing the living.

Who would belive they are testing the dead ?...

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Posted in: 84% of Americans view Japan positively: U.S. poll See in context

@Peter Neil

Then why France is rated higher ? Doesn't fit any of your critera.

I think a lot of Americans think favorably of any country that doesn't have daily mass shootings, weekly looting and burning, constant demonstrations and screaming about anything and somewhere that doesn't have 100,000 people per month invading its borders.

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

Haven't the vaccines been sold with the understanding that there is no guarantee in not catching / not spreading the disease anyway ?

Not an expert but it takes about 9 years to developp a vaccine, test it, deploy it on the market. Doing so in 9 months is not common.

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Posted in: Osaka declares COVID medical emergency with 878 new cases See in context

@NipponGloryhole, if you could explain us what is the "japan model" please ? Because in English (objective factual language in the way it is used) it looks a lot like a synonym of "doing nothing"

At least in Osaka they seem to be actually measuring the trend of the pandemic which is the first step to get ready for any event such as Olympics. Too complicated for NPCs ?

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Posted in: Suga to hold talks with Biden in U.S. on April 16 See in context

Meeting minutes:

Woof Woof

Good boy !

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Posted in: Korean kids nurtured to remember history with anti-Japanese toys and games See in context

Do you mean all east Asian countries teach people only via propaganda ? Nooo really ?

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Posted in: Gov't to use ¥2.17 tril from reserve funds for virus-hit businesses, households See in context

Talking about Zibabwe, it does better than Japan for Covid vaccine injections, a model to follow ?

"reserve fund" ? They can print any amount of yen they choose. They can make us all trillionaires, just like in Zimbabwe.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 409 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,535 See in context


Monty seems a genuinely nice person but stayed in Japan too long. There is only sophism and JP acceptable / not acceptable thoughts left.

He trying to say what is the problem lifting a SOE that many described as inefficient - with reason - whatever the - fake - number of case is.

Between - - are doomsayers thoughts.

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Posted in: Japanese companies offer lowest pay rises in 8 years as pandemic bites See in context

Some firms are shifting away from across-the-board wage hikes toward a more varied approach on remuneration. More of them are adopting merit-based wages, rather than seniority-oriented pay, to lure young talent

If that was 1% true most their current management would be homeless so no.

The old boys need cash for kyabakura this weekend, merit based approach is impossible in JP unless culture changes and probably, all prostitution venues are closed. The they wouldn't need so much cash.

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Posted in: Japan Post, Rakuten tie up on digital delivery, cashless payments See in context

@sindhoir GK

Robert Mae's analysis & post is 100% correct and yes it is a copy of Amazon and all the other sites that opened in the US a few months or year before.

Since then, it has been a trend for Rakuten that never innovated on anything. All services are copies of something usually from overseas that is japanized, and despite announcements no new technology has ever been created.

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Posted in: No Chinese vaccines to be taken by Team Japan, minister says See in context

I say NO to drugs and anything made in China!

Not true you wouldn't be able to post here without a computer, tablet or phone, would you ?

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Posted in: Nearly 400 infected with new coronavirus variant found in Japan See in context

I think the JP variant is old news already,

you could see mentions in international press months ago, along with SA/ Brazil ones.

Good to start sharing the news i guess.

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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

Thank you Asiaman7, case closed.

J Mark Ramseyer is actually sponsored by Mitsubishi. Literally.

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Posted in: Japan embarks on random and targeted COVID-19 testing, but some experts call for more See in context

it has performed about 60 COVID-19 tests per 1,000 people,

Interesting numbers, I d like to know who provide the source for calculation.

JP population: about 120M

Let's take over a year: 365 days

60 tests per 1000 people OK.

That gives 19,726 tests per day everyday since February last year which we all know is way higher than the reports.

What is interesting here is

Have these tests been performed but were never reported in the media ?

Or is this rate number invented like numbers in every JP company accounting dpt ?

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

It will be time to install an android emulator I guess ... The 7.5 billion app (probably worth couple 1000 usd only) will be full of security issues, do not install on your phone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 445 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,537 See in context

note from science

With a possible 200% error margin, depending on the weather, the mood of workers counting the cases, the workload of the workers receiving the faxes, the unaccounted cases from private sector, the unaccounted cases yesterday, the cases submitted too late on Friday, the case we couldn't track bc Android app doesn't work and political PR needs.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

It is not sexism that is deep rooted in the society it is discrimination and prejudice.

Sexism is just one of the expression of a value that is fundamental to Japan.

Just look at the articles about Korea, most posters are unable to develop a minimum of critical thinking just because "it is koreans".

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

Nothing about the JP variant yet ?

Because it was all over the less censored foreign media few days ago.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

Congratz Hiroshima,

you will be able to assess the situation then make a plan to handle it.

Very very rare to see some lead make a decision based on facts in Japan.

i Hope they won't have problems for making the decision not to hide problems under the carpet.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

Very intelligent message to the much needed expat community here:

JP man doesn't respect quarantine and spreads virus. Conclusion this is a foreign virus, let's create rules against foreigners. Below third world.

@Aly @William, all the best for you !

Starting to think that any foreigner with a bit of common sense MUST follow your steps.

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Posted in: Suga's upcoming decision on state of emergency derided as too little, too late See in context


I do not see the link between idiot, fearmongering, media, SOE, one foreigner, his GF and 7.11.

Again, and all opinions matter ofc, politely, you are simply building up a story based on your own bias with your own limitations as we all do. Trying to be more local than the locals.

People being genuinely afraid at the virus can wear a mask and be pro-SOE. The place of your birth do not matter. The mask (that i wear) has not been proven to prevent anything, not touching objects and washing hands is far more useful. Therefore limiting exposure in public places makes sense.

What matters is the expertise behind decisions made fighting the pandemic and the goal of such decisions. Not personal own beliefs or repeating them ad eternam.


Exactly, and regarding population proportions, well this is a daily observation ..

Maybe like me you just see "people" not really just based on their race.

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Posted in: Suga's upcoming decision on state of emergency derided as too little, too late See in context


If people behave in a well manner by using their best personal preventions, a SOE is not necessary.

But the stupid media and fear mongering idiots are pushing the SOE because they need new sensation news for their daily reports.

Before calling other idiots and categorizing them, look at your posts.

Only health professionals could say if an SOE is useful or not, not the average immature salaryman NPC in Tokyo ... Unfortunately in this case it appears to be just a political move "to look like something is done"

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