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Posted in: Rather than a place people purposefully visit, Ikebukuro has always been more of a transit point. If Ikebukuro can offer a place to develop the next generation of manga writers and artists, its efforts will take root as the area’s characteristics and charms. See in context

There are a many many good restaurants in Ikebukuro (most off the beaten path). Also they are become a magnet for female fans of anime (on the Sunshine 60 side). There are other places of greater interest in Tokyo, but Ikebukuro is underrated.

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Posted in: Trump tells China: Trade deal now or it will be 'far worse' after 2020 See in context

He may actually be right about things being worse in 2020 (for everyone). Record US national debt, inflation, high debt to GDP levels not seen since WWII...

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

"People are getting poorer and poorer and the powers to be don't understand the real cause of why the population is not increasing. - It's poverty."

Well said. Those who are thumbing down, at least say what you think will happen positively and how (the Olympics don't count...low multiplier effect for the taxpayer investment.)

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Posted in: Abe, Polish PM agree to advance free trade See in context

So how will this benefit the average person in Japan? What products will be cheaper?

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Posted in: U.S. to sanction 5 nations, including Japan, if they import Iranian oil See in context

The way of thinking of many:

Iraq= evil

Saudi Arabi= wonderful country encouraging democracy

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Posted in: About 70 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Visit the museum yourselves and see what it stands for if you don't know. There are other sites to honor the war dead.

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Posted in: Retiring late: More Japanese opt to prolong employment See in context

Who set the age at 60 to begin with and why ? Also people should be paid what they are worth, so they should look at each case individually.

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Posted in: May concedes Brexit deal won't pass 'in near future' See in context

I struck a nerve. Hoping for the best for the people of the UK.

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Posted in: In unprecedented move, U.S. names Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group See in context

All Arms makers including USA has only one target, how to sell Arms.

There will be a bad place for those in Hell who start wars for profit.

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Posted in: U.S. ending aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras over migrants See in context

Foreign aid is often a form of corporate welfare.

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Posted in: May concedes Brexit deal won't pass 'in near future' See in context

Some of the pro-Brexit supporters yearn for a return of the British Empire. Not most, but a critical number...

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Posted in: U.S. ending aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras over migrants See in context

Can they cut farm subsidies too ? These cause problems for the the economies of thee countries (plus waste taxpayer dollars).

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work across Japan as fiscal 2019 begins See in context

May they enjoy their work but find a balance of life as well with friends, family and personal goals (non-work as well).

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Posted in: In election year, weakening economy may force Abe's hand See in context

Also a major reason why the Nikkei stock market is up is because of purchases of shares (indirectly) by the BOJ...not organic demand.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

I hope to see a language revival of the Ainu language (an isolate language). Maybe classes can be offered like they are for Hawaiian, Cornish or Maori.

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Posted in: Abe defends BOJ's policy See in context

The tax break should have been conditional...given based on improvements in the salaries of the majority of their workers.

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Posted in: Japan prices rose sluggish 0.9% last year See in context

"is considered bad for the economy as consumers put off purchases expecting cheaper goods in the future. This in turn stunts growth."

I am tired of this propaganda line. Who puts of buying food, medicine and other necessities (a large part of many peopleʻs spending) so they can wait for it to be cheaper the next year?

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Posted in: Nikkei falls in 2018 final session, marking 1st annual loss in 7 years See in context

Remember that the BOJ is buying into the Nikkei Index.

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Posted in: U.S. troops limited to using only batons on Mexico border See in context

A staggering $2.4 billion.

What is your source for this ?

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Posted in: Fishing nations fail in bid to cut quotas for depleted bigeye tuna See in context

Settle for lower quotas now or later (when it is too late)...your choice !

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Posted in: Trump seethes against Russia probe 'disgrace' See in context

It's interesting that some here who didn't like Trump that much in the Republican primaries are now defending at least 98% of what Trump does.

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Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

Wow -64 on the first comment! Has anyone seen such a negative? It is as welcome as a cockroach on a wedding cake...

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Posted in: Japan won't introduce daylight saving time during 2020 Olympics See in context

Go further I say! Japan should be permanently in the time zone one hour ahead.

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Posted in: U.S. restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal See in context

Well you know those planes in 911 had lots or Iranians on them. Also look how terribly the Iranians are bombing Yemen... and then assassinating their reporters. Saudi Arabia is innocent though...lol.

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Posted in: More than half of taxis in operation don’t have customers. It’s important to boost the industry’s productivity. See in context

The need to lower fares during off peak times--supply and demand.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context

"And most of them are liberal, so of course you’re going to say that that’s that liberal one side the point of view."

Yeah, forget what they say ...They're all wrong and you are right of course.

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Posted in: Gov't to announce 2019 sales tax hike to address debt mountain: reports See in context

Disillusioned, thanks for the wise comment.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Need more time.

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