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Posted in: Swarmed with tourists, town blocks off popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

The photos don't do the article any justice or provide any perspective. It's highly misleading in content. I don't believe this is a new problem for this town, especially since the mountain has been there since the town was founded. In fact this all seems ridiculous and more like click bait.

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Posted in: China nuclear plants released tritium above Fukushima level in 2022, document shows See in context

Japan can compare itself to China and even expose some of the CCP's environmental abuses, but the CCP couldn't care less.

Whenever I've visited China, the industrial and commercial pollution in both the northern and southern regions has been downright shocking. It's not just me; a friend deeply involved in exporting from there shares the same sentiment. We've seen it firsthand. And you know what's really got me thinking? The sheer number of Chinese leaving the country. It's got me wondering about the state of governance over there.

Plus, let's not even get started on transparency. It's like pulling teeth to get any real info out of the CCP, especially when it comes to environmental issues. They're masters of dodging the tough questions.

And let's face it, with the CCP's track record of spreading its influence and squashing dissent in places like Australia, Africa, Tibet, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines, it's hard not to raise an eyebrow. They've got this nonchalant attitude towards other countries' sovereignty that's frankly alarming. So, when it comes to things like nuclear waste and territorial disputes, it's like they just flick it away like it's nothing.

Besides, China is headed toward a massive economic decline. It will be interesting to watch.

Scary stuff, right?

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Posted in: For people new to anime, here are six essential Japanese animated films See in context

In terms of Quintessential Japanese? Yeah I have to agree Nausicaa should be top 6. But I would rather give Ghibli one spot and pick 5 other movies to represent in this list, not fill it will Ghibli movies....

Doraemon?? No way!

One Piece??? What??

This list wasn’t thoroughly thought out and I dare to say, clickbait article...

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

I don’t know why people are comparing taxes to Hawaii and New York, let alone North America???

That is totally irrelevant, unless you’re implying Japan is aiming to model their hospitality industry & taxes on the American System.

Back to the important discussion. There should be a fixed % rate as this is targeting the very low levels of accommodation.

You pay;

¥200 on ¥2000=10%.

¥200 on ¥10000=2%

¥200 on ¥15000=1.34%

¥200 on ¥20000= 1%.

¥500 on ¥25000=2%.

¥1000 on ¥50000=2%.

You can see how this may discourage tourists to take super cheap accommodation and the types of tourists that might want to visit. But in my opinion is still very much affordable and won’t stop people visiting.

Where these pennies end up is a concern and needs transparency which govt’s find very hard to do.

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Posted in: Child statue in protective suit in Fukushima criticized See in context

Why the phallic gesture?

Why that gaunt, beaten down look with those ugly eyes and lashes?

Where is the imagination since everyone is speaking about art?

For all intents and purposes, the numbers could be a counter not a reader...

This has missed the mark for me on so many levels.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, S Korea condemn nuke test by N Korea See in context

VERY MUCH A BROKEN RECORD... QUOTE: “We must make North Korea understand that repeated provocations will isolate them from the international community and that there can be no bright future for them at all,”

They are not part of the international community at all, they are already isolated. WHAT RHETORICAL RUBBISH!!!

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Posted in: Japan takes aid show to Africa in China's shadow See in context

China invests to own. Theirs is not a contribution but a veil to own and never let it go...

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