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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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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

"Make it all 10%, and do it yesterday. 2% is not going to hurt my budget, but having to wait until i see the bill to know the total cost will impact my budgeting ability."

Then lower the high tariffs to keep food costs down to more reasonable levels too.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics 1 year out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand See in context

"Stop whining and be proud that you have the Olympics."

Ahhh because pride makes us feel so warm and fuzzy.

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Posted in: Heat wave claims more lives in Japan See in context

Sad and mainly due to stupidity and ignorance. Nearly all if not all of these deaths were easily preventable.

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Posted in: At least 20 dead, 26 wounded after shooting at Walmart store in Texas See in context

"Not a single shot was fired. He was taken in without incident."

Not before killing 15 people though. Where are the quick on the draw types who were supposed to get him sooner?? Oh and some advice, if you want to really stop the bad guy--- aim for the head.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics 1 year out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand See in context

Is cost for these Olympics really up to $20,000,000,000 (US) ? All that and still no tickets!!

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Posted in: What's behind Japan's support of whaling? See in context

"Japanese people don't like being told what they can do by foreigners. "

This is true, but why do the rest of us have to heavily subsidize it though taxes year after year...?

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Posted in: Abe, Putin make little progress on territorial dispute See in context

No surprise here...

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

Problems with pension information last time caused the LDP to lose their hold on the majority (I can't remember if it was 2009).

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Posted in: Man on a mediation mission: Abe heads to Iran See in context

Hoping (because I hate war), but I doubt that he will accomplish anything (because out of touch) ...

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Posted in: Queen greets Trump at Buckingham Palace See in context

I doubt most in the UK would prefer a no-deal Brexit to what you have now.

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Posted in: Pair of Hokkaido melons fetch record ¥5 mil at season's 1st auction See in context

What HBJ and Patricia Yarrow said.

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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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