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Posted in: Carmakers trigger Brexit contingency plans as 'no deal' fears grow See in context

What a mess!

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

OK, so Roe vs. Wade is the single issue for many people. What about Citizens United vs. the FEC? What else?

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Posted in: Japan, Turkey to seek early conclusion of free trade accord See in context

How would this help the average person in Japan ?

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Posted in: Women in management at Japanese firms still a rarity: poll See in context

To those who are really willing to do this I wish them luck. I just wish there were more, better paying part-time jobs (requiring skills) + more light (30-35 hours per week) full time jobs.

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Posted in: 70-year-olds and above account for 20% of Japan's population for 1st time See in context

"No idea what the figures are for other countries, and if everyone saves diligently over a lifetime it sort of should be that way, but it was still a surprise."

It was considerably easier to do this in past decades than it currently is. You could save money in CDs and get 6%. You could buy a house (or two) and watch it's value go up along with your salary over time, which means that the % paid to your (set amount) mortgage would go down over time. Many workers, after a decade or two only had to pay 10% to their mortgage.

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Posted in: Japan sees surge in foreign nursing care students amid labor shortage See in context

"The government wants quiet, pliable, indentured servants, who are willing to work here for up to five years, plus minus a few, go through hoops to get the language certifications needed, and then toss them under the bus just about when they finally are getting used to the system and have some real value to their employers!"

Well in this case they can't have their cake and eat it too. Some workers will get married and have children who will be half Japanese and half (fill in the blank).

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Posted in: 70-year-olds and above account for 20% of Japan's population for 1st time See in context

Let people keep working, but reassess people's pay on a case by case basis based on productivity, skills, etc. There is a huge variation and many should continue at the same (high) salary, but can still offer some value.

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Posted in: Kansai airport reopens runway flooded in typhoon See in context

Well done!

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Posted in: Quake reveals Japan woefully unprepared to help foreigners in disasters See in context

A better second language ability would help (English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, French, Indonesian)...

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Posted in: Putin tells Abe he hopes for peace treaty this year See in context

So in other words absolutely nothing has changed. Who actually expected Putin to hand over the islands?

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Posted in: Putin says it is naive to expect quick settling of island dispute with Japan See in context

"Abe and his chums in the media massively raised expectations only to return minimal results."

True for many.

After followging this for years, I wasn't fooled.

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Posted in: Sweden faces political deadlock after far-right gains See in context

There needs to be balance. immigrants should assimilate to the basic principles of their new country, but they can still retain some parts of their culture.

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Posted in: Abe to proceed with sales tax hike next year: Nikkei See in context

If food prices were cheaper in this country I wouldn't mind as much...Many younger people now avoid eating fruit and vegetables due to the high cost...and getting higher.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes reworking 'hometown tax' to curb use of gifts See in context

I say keep this program.

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Posted in: Aso says initial budget requests for fiscal 2019 likely to reach record high ¥102 tril See in context

"And vote in who? How about the Japan Communist Party? They've been itching to take power for like forever."

A balance of other parties is needed to stop the LDP from acting with impunity (even if no other party dominates). Too much waste to the parasites of Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt See in context

What a waste of tax money (for a country that is over 250% in debt to GDP) !

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Posted in: Eisai sets price tag of about $16,000 on liver cancer drug See in context

I can understand the concept of patents and covering research cost. What I can't understand is why many drugs cost so much (in the) US even if their patent has expired.

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Posted in: Insurers boost dementia insurance, related services in aging Japan See in context

"Not sure if that's a valid medical observation. A woman I know speaks six languages. She began sinking rapidly from age 76."

That's called a hasty generalization. A popular fallacy to use.

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Posted in: ‘Super volunteer’ who found missing child helping residents in flood-struck area See in context

A true hero. I would mind seeing him in charge of one of the ministries in Japan.

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Posted in: Insurers boost dementia insurance, related services in aging Japan See in context

Learn a second language and greatly decrease chances of dementia. There are some solid correlations here.

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Posted in: Venezuela slams Kono's remarks as interference See in context

"Soaring economy"

If the economy is soaring, why does the BOJ need to keep buying into the stock market ? Also why are a record number of children livng in poverty?

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Posted in: What are (or were) your favorite comic strips? See in context

1) Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)

2) Peanuts (Charles M. Schultz)

3) The Far Side (Gary Larson's)

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on World War II surrender anniversary See in context

Read this book, Descent into hell. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18018082-descent-into-hell

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Posted in: Missing 2-year-old boy found safe in Yamaguchi Pref See in context

I am glad that he is safe.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on World War II surrender anniversary See in context

"why are these "war criminals" more so than the people who...?"

How about those in charge who ordered the execution of Okinawan civilians? They were their own countrymen for goodness sake.

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Posted in: California judge orders U.S. gov't to pay costs of reuniting immigrant families See in context

"How many of those are illegal?"

I am guessing about 800,000. The population of US citizens in California is still growing in any case.

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Posted in: Olympic talk See in context

Something is missing on the left.

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Posted in: EU council chief tells Trump: Respect the allies you have See in context

"Yes and what a big help and difference they made......not."

I agree with Zichi.

What a rotten, disrespectful thing to say to allies who have lost many soldiers to the war on terror. Please say that to the faces of their families...Ahhh didn't think so. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Weapons of trade war: What might China have up its sleeve? See in context

"oh you mean the multi-$trillion wars under Bush, the $800billion bailout of wallstreet and the $trillion tax cut by Trump expected to cost the American taxpayer 1.5trillion over 10yrs"

What a waste of money (not to mention lives).

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