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Posted in: 'Foreign travelers are Japan’s guests' – Governor against charging tourists more than locals See in context

"Actually, if this escalates anymore we will do our next trip, already booked, (note the previous 2 trips have been at a much stronger Yen) and not be back."

I see your point, but then you wouldn't want to go to Cambodia, Malaysia, India or Palau either.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

It sounds like most are OK with this provided it is called, "a Japan resident discount" rather than "two prices-- the Japanese price and and tourist price." Although semantics may differ the effect is the same, except fewer are offended by it.

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context


Yes, the US has some racism, but it is far from the most racist country in the world.

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Posted in: The status quo has become a moving target as college basketball ramps up to March Madness See in context

UCLA *gave Oregon their closest win in the quarterfinal game losing 66-68 to the Ducks. Well good luck in the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 Conference draws to a close...

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Posted in: The status quo has become a moving target as college basketball ramps up to March Madness See in context

UCLA game Oregon their closest win in the quarterfinal game losing 66-68 to the Ducks. Well good luck in the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 Conference draws to a close...

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Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

Germany is doing something right.. A larger GDP with a smaller population (including a smaller workforce). On top of this the workers in Germany work fewer hour per hour = more days and time off.

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Posted in: Japan OKs bill to ease burden on truck drivers amid labor shortage See in context

It should be a 1 million yen fine per employee affected (not just a total of one million yen).

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Posted in: Aso retracts remarks against Kamikawa See in context

"Blame the voters who keep him employed at 83."

Yes they are quite foolish electing this disgusting politician who should be retired...

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Posted in: Trump tangles with judge, complains of treatment at New York fraud trial See in context

Well it isn't fair... Most people would already be behind bars at this point. It is unfair that Trump gets treated more favorably than most for the same offenses.

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Posted in: Over 50% of seniors in Japan wishing to be in work unemployed: survey See in context

No respect at all for those companies that are ageist in firing /not renewing people who are over 60 and want to work, but complain about the labour shortage...none at all.

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Posted in: What's your favorite city to visit in Japan and why? See in context

Kobe. It has some great views and also 3 Ijinkans, a beautifual tower and more.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan PM Aso arrives in Taiwan See in context

"Taro Aso's exact net worth is unknown it is estimated that his net worth is $5 billion US Dollars."

How does he get away with this, when the inheritance tax on even Y200,000,000 is substantial?

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Posted in: Should governments regulate AI? See in context

A better question is, "Should AI regulate governments? "

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Posted in: Are you getting tired of reading or hearing about ChatGPT? See in context

This survey has been put out by an AI ...

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Posted in: Does passive smoking on streets bother you? See in context

I don't mind so much if smokers are standing sitting somewhere outside, as I can hold my breath when I walk by. What I dislike is walking behind someone smoking, often for 300-500m as they are walking in the same direction. I try to jog on ahead of them...

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Posted in: Support for Kishida cabinet slips to 28%: poll See in context

Those disapproving Kishida don't vote LDP so much as don't vote at all. Supporters of the LDP show up much more. Then you have the distortions of the districts favoring rural areas...

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Posted in: Woman testifies that she too was sexually attacked by Trump See in context

Who is attracted to this conceited glutton of a man ?

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Posted in: Kishida pledges $500 mil in financial support to Africa See in context

Pledged for now. Most will be corporate welfare for Japanese major companies.

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Posted in: At least 21 dead after tornadoes rake U.S. Midwest, South See in context

Stay safe, everyone !

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Posted in: Trump indicted on criminal charges; appeals to supporters for legal defense funds See in context

Meh, people have sexual relations with other people all the time.

But are their followers damning others for doing the same while ignoring their idol and calling him a "Baby christian" ?

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Posted in: Japan births hit all-time low in 2022; below 800,000 for 1st time See in context

From day care hassles to elementary, middle, and H.S school demands and rules, young mothers and couples will have to give up the best times of their young lives for that child and many refuse to do it, and I don't blame them.

There are too many rules. People in Japan need to insist on some of these rules ending. Remember that quote by Henry David Thoreau on rules... "Any..."

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Posted in: Kishida rallies party members for victory in April local elections See in context

In most countries in Asia, the standard of living has continued to improve for the people in the last 3 decades. What has the LDP done to help the usual people of Japan during this time frame?

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

When LDP politicians say this in wonderment, I feel it is sort of head-smacking stupid.

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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

Congratulations, all !

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Posted in: BOJ chief stays course on ultralow rate policy despite sharp yen drop See in context

Japan should sell some of their US treasuries and buy yen. They would at least get a good exchange rate that direction.

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Posted in: New Zealand man sentenced for threatening to kill PM Ardern See in context

Give him one year of hard fat-burning labor. It's a win-win.

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Posted in: Dollar hits 5-year high in upper 116 yen level; Tokyo stocks plunge See in context

I feel like Tokyo is a bargain world class city to live in. It has it's good and bad points, but the cost of living here is less than half that of San Francisco.

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Posted in: Murray outlasts Daniel at Indian Wells for 700th career win See in context

Well done, Andy. ! The Coachella Valley is a good place to be now...

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Posted in: Japanese parents weigh pros, cons of having their children vaccinated See in context


the IFR is about 0.15)

What is your source for this ? Is this for the wild form back in 2020 or for the Omicron variant ? (I may believe the latter). Thank you in advance.

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Posted in: 12,000 sign petition to ease Japan's tight entry rules over Omicron See in context

If they are really so concerned (now that omicron is widespread in Japan) then get out the booster vaccine to vulnerable people ASAP as omicron isn't gping to wait. Also it would help if people were allowed to work at least a few days/ week at home until the omicron peak is over.

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