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Posted in: Foreign tourists spend record ¥4.8 tril in Japan in 2019 See in context

That is about 1% of Japan's GDP.

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Posted in: Snipers to cull up to 10,000 camels in drought-stricken Australia See in context

Too bad that at least some of them can't be brought to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Posted in: Ghosn carried spare French passport while out on bail in Japan See in context

Would they then ignore the corruption of Abe, Aso and Mori ?

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Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context

Demand shifted forward more than anything (little multiplier effect).

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

This is either very stupid economically, or it's a way to transfer wealth from the average Japanese person (and resident of Japan) to Abe's buddies.

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Posted in: U.S. says it will 'protect its interests' at climate conference See in context

"U.S. is by far the world's biggest donor of foreign aid."

While true, most of this ends up being corporate welfare.

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Posted in: Toyota employee's suicide caused by workplace harassment See in context

Name and shame the SOB boss.

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Posted in: Construction of stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics completed at cost of ¥157 bil See in context

@rainyday About 20,000 for every man woman and child in Japan. Well that is where the extra sales tax money is going.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Japan pays a much higher % than Germany or South Korea does. I am curious what he is asking of those countries.

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

I expected this.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido See in context

Mori would be a bit challanged mentally in a jr. high school class. It is sad that he could "leapfrog" into this position above thousands of more qualified people. Disgusting.

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Posted in: Gov't funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent See in context

They need a picture which is more in focus for the lead headline.

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Posted in: Canada's Trudeau to remain in power but with minority government See in context

"The Majority of Canadians voted against this man. He should not be PM."

In some ways similar to the situation in the US. So are people consistant?

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Posted in: Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation See in context

"When someone high up complained that they had accepted someone non-Japanese,"

Scumbag. The fewer of these people Japan has the better. Fortunately I think fewer as time goes on.

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Posted in: Japan beats Scotland 28-21 to advance to Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for first time See in context

If there is any "angle" to my comment, I want to say good on them. They love Japan, and I hope they will be accepted by fellow Japanese for the sacrifice they have made.

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Posted in: Japan beats Scotland 28-21 to advance to Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for first time See in context

This is the first time, I have seen Japan's rugby team play. I was surprised by the number of foreign-born players on the team (including three originally from New Zealand). Anyway good win, Japan.

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Posted in: Trump seizes on unsubstantiated China claims against Biden See in context

And yet some have claimed that Trump is a baby Christian with honesty and integrity...

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Posted in: Want Tokyo Olympic tickets? No problem if you have ¥6.35 mil See in context

The irony is that many people who are paying for these Olympics through our taxes (especially 消費税) won't be able to see many events if any!

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Posted in: Japan's consumption tax raised to 10% amid swelling welfare costs See in context

"AT is 27% in Hungary, 25% in the Nordic countries, 20% in Britain and a number of other European countries. Five US states have sales tax rates over 9%. California has a 8.56 rate (some cities are higher) and a state income tax. Australia has a 10% VAT rate with some exceptions."People who think Japan has high tax rates have led a very sheltered life."

I would trade the retail cost of food (after tariff effects and sales tax) of the other countries instead of what we have here. Well I guess cigarettes are super cheap here at least but I don't want to smoke.

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Posted in: Japanese cattle farmers fear U.S. trade deal will be death knell See in context

"ll add for security reasons a resource poor country like Japan needs to be able to grow its own food and livestock."

If you are worried about that, having steak raised in Japan wouldn't maximize Japan's food production in a calorie sense. However, maybe they should pay farmers a certain minimum amount to keep their fields ready while allowing food imports. Win-win and paying the farmers wouldn't cost as much (tax money) as the higher food prices end up costing everyone.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

"The most worrying aspect of criminal justice in Japan is its detention system (suspects can be held for up to 23 days without being charged) and its bias against non-Japanese detainees."

The good, the bad and the ugly. May all people be aware of this fact. Some try to hide it.

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Posted in: Japan's August consumer inflation eases to two-year low See in context

What drlucifer said...

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Posted in: Trump says it looks like Iran was behind Saudi oil attacks See in context

"Don't need that many boots on the ground with drones and cyber tactics to resolve a conflict and inflict less casualties on both sides."

If that is true why are there still US troops in Afghanistan? (if we can just remotely push a button and hit the "bad guys"?)

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Posted in: Typhoon leaves 3 dead in Tokyo area: strands 14,000 at Narita See in context

"You will never be (shachou)"

Yeah, well sadly she would probably never be "shacho" (president) anyway, not even "bucho" (general manager). You may be right, but I really hate the fake carrot lure they use to motivate that employees would have no chance of getting anyway.

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Posted in: Lawmaker who made Russia war remarks suggests same with S Korea See in context

Would he be on the front line ?

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Posted in: Municipalities expect Tokyo Olympics to bring more foreign visitors See in context

The low Pound Sterling with the threat of Brexit might hurt the chances of Brits traveling overseas...

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Posted in: Hong Kong protesters kick off three-day airport rally See in context

Hoping for passive resistance...Gandhi style.

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Posted in: Trump dismisses trade war fears; China warns of market chaos See in context

You do realize that most "farmers" in the US are large agro-corporations, I hope (with well paid CEOs). That is whom most of the "socialism" is benefiting in this case.

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Posted in: Trump tells Abe he is tolerant of N Korea's short-range ballistic missiles See in context

"who made history by being the first U.S. president to walk into North Korea and not Obama"

While historical, it's significance has been over-proclaimed at this point.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

"Some companies are considered "black companies" there are people in Japan that avoid those companies. Are they activist for avoiding those companies?"

You said it.

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