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Posted in: Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan See in context

The virus is serving as a powerful catalyst for changing the way much of the world will work in the future. This does not bode well for the commercial real estate market as companies realized they do not have to bear the substantial cost for maintaining physical office space at today's levels. The Japanese government will resist these changes, notwithstanding the fact that they make so much sense in terms of productivity, quality of life and cost reduction. Long term changes are coming.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to kill neighbor over noise dispute See in context

@Tom Young Touche!

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Posted in: Japan plans huge stimulus package to cushion blow from coronavirus See in context

Print more money -- yeah, that's the ticket. It's happening in every part of the planet. Get ready for stagflation. Stagnant or declining economic growth coupled with severe inflation due to an overheated fiat currency supply. History tells us this is a recipe for disaster.

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Posted in: U.S. faces new outbreaks as coronavirus infections worldwide top 575,000 See in context

In the midst of taking a trade and economic beatdown by the US, social unrest in Hong Kong and recent protest in Wuhan over environmental issues, China unleashes an engineered bioweapon that crashes the world economy, silences their own people and gets them back to pretty much even footing with the rest of the world. Trifecta from their point of view.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

How could they wait so long to impose a travel ban from countries that are absolutely reeling from cases of the Wuhan flu? Abe and his cronies were so hell bent on trying to save the Olympic games that now the deaths of Japanese citizens falls squarely on them. This token action in Tokyo is too little and way too late.

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Posted in: 2 police officers turn 'koban' into their own little love hotel See in context

Both officers should be commended for going above and beyond in their efforts to increase the population and making the most of their "down time".

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

There are two approaches that can be taken with respect to the virus. One is to let things go on as normal. Many people will suffer illness. A significant number of people will die. The virus will pass more quickly, due to herd exposure and, hopefully, most will develop at least some immunity.The other viable approach is isolation to the greatest degree possible. This lock-down approach will cause much economic pain, personal finance damages, social isolation but will greatly reduce the number of people exposed. The hope is with far fewer hosts, the virus dies out. 

Japan's approach of "voluntary restraint" is neither. And for this reason, it is ineffective. It may delay the ultimate damage, but does absolutely nothing to solve the problem. The Japanese government is doing nothing more than kicking the can down the road. This half-way policy will extend the problem and result in multiple waves of exposure and infection. It actually is a do-nothing policy.

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

There are two approaches that can be taken with respect to the virus. One is to let things go on as normal. Many people will suffer illness. A significant number of people will die. The virus will pass more quickly, due to herd exposure and, hopefully, most will develop at least some immunity.

The other viable approach is isolation to the greatest degree possible. This lockdown approach will cause much economic pain, personal finance damages, social isolation but will greatly reduce the number of people exposed. The hope is with far fewer hosts, the virus dies out.

Japan's approach of "voluntary restraint" is neither. And for this reason, it is ineffective. It may delay the ultimate damage, but does absolutely nothing to solve the problem. The Japanese government is doing nothing more than kicking the can down the road.

This half-a$$ policy will extend the problem and result in multiple waves of exposure and infection. It is a do-nothing policy.

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Posted in: New Harajuku Station building opens in Tokyo See in context

In my earlier post I was referring to the old original station building, not the entire station complex.

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Posted in: New Harajuku Station building opens in Tokyo See in context

I hope they can relocate part (or better yet, all) of the old station to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. It would fit right in and could be preserved as-is. Maybe in the area where the city train (trolley) currently sits. Repurposing the facade and building something modern around and above it in the current location would be a second, and less desirable, option. Simply destroying the station would be criminal.

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Posted in: Japan Times changes reference to 'comfort women' after backlash See in context

Fact is, Korea did not lack for sex workers prior to the Japanese occupation. Sure, there were many forced into sexual slavery in addition to the then existing group of professional sex workers.

My question is, why is this even relevant today? Koreans will not let it die despite myriad apologies, multiple rounds of financial compensation and general atonement on the part of Japan. When is enough enough?

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Posted in: 11-month-old boy dies after being bitten by two dogs See in context

Horrifying. Such a needless tragedy.

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Posted in: Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events See in context

Second, and more pervasive, wave coming in 3, 2, 1...

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Posted in: Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative See in context

With China's economy slumping badly due to tariffs and ongoing shifting of the supply chain to other countries, does anyone rally put it past the CCP to sacrifice a few hundred thousand of their virtually enslaved population in order to collapse the rest of the worlds' economies to improve their own situation? Coincidence that this happened a few months leading up to US elections?

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Posted in: China reports just 1 new domestic virus case, 20 more imported See in context

How dare anyone doubt the veracity of statements made by Chinese authorities. We all know they are always honest and transparent. After all, they tell us so. LOL!!!

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

Denial regarding the Olympics is off the charts. No way to allow large crowds from around the world to congregate.

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Posted in: Student killed in small landslide on street in Kanagawa Pref See in context

Sadly, there are far too many incidents like this throughout Japan -- inevitable to some degree in a mountainous country with seasonal torrential rain. Long term non-visible loosening of soil is a ticking time bomb. I have seen the same occur in certain European countries. So sad that a young life was lost.

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Posted in: Japan keen to attract U.S. tourists ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

How many visitors can Japan effectively tolerate before it becomes overcrowded with tourists like Venice and Barcelona where there is strong anti-tourist sentiment? While it doesn't have the flood of cruise ship crowds like those two cities, there are many places in Japan that have been made absolutely insufferable due to foreign tourists. There needs to be a balance.

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Posted in: China's outbound group travel ban a blow to Japan's retail, tourism sectors See in context

Given the amount of time it took China to get a handle on SARS, I fear that Japan tourism -- including for the Olympics -- is in big trouble.

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Posted in: Death-row inmate hanged in 1st execution since August See in context

My only issue with this execution is that it took so long to carry it out. Murder an entire family out of sheer greed? I don't get the sympathy for heartless animals like this. Japan is very judicious in handing out death sentences, so why change anything?

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Posted in: Actor Hirofumi Arai sentenced to 5 years in jail for sexual assault See in context

"Outcall massage". Yeah, I am sure that is 100% legitimate with no extra services offered. I think there is likely much more to this story than is being disclosed to the public. It wouldn't be the first time a high profile individual was set up in a dispute regarding payment or blackmail gone wrong.

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

I would expect nothing other than this bogus advice from the IMF. How's high consumption tax and non-stop monetary stimulus to hide zero economic growth working out for the EU? Socialist control at its best.

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Posted in: Xi pledges wider market access, free-trade deals See in context

US markets are at or near all time highs, the country is experiencing record low unemployment and taxes have been lowered. China's made-up trade numbers are reporting their slowest growth rate in decades and socialist, protectionist and over-taxed EU nations remain in a self induced economic funk. The lose-lose premise is a lot of hot air.

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Posted in: Two men injured in brawl in Tokyo karaoke bar See in context

The demise of the street level "blue collar" Yakuza has created opportunities for Chinese criminal elements. More and more violent crimes care committed by foreigner gangs, like Chinese and Nigerians. They have filled the void.

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Posted in: University campus inspected after 1,400 foreign students go AWOL See in context

These type of "universities" are the academic equivalents of bartending schools. They serve no legitimate purpose other than to provide useless degrees while they perform their nefarious illegal immigration scams. Shut this place down.

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Posted in: University student arrested over murder of Thai woman in Tokyo hotel in December See in context

Heinous crime! Sadly, odds are he will not receive anywhere near commensurate punishment. The usual "I was drunk" defense will get him off way too easy.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

The good news is.....

He will not be allowed back in Japan for many years after he is deported. As far as I'm concerned, he should rot in his cell for a little longer. The Go Fund Me is offensive. He or his family should be responsible for paying damages and fines. They shouldn't be begging from strangers.

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Posted in: S Korean suspected of confining 3 Japanese in Thailand See in context

The Japanese man should have known better than to travel to Thailand without bringing a spine and at least a little bit of testosterone in his system.

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Posted in: Girl's cry for help in school questionnaire shown to abusive father before her death See in context

It is just heartbreaking that this poor girl was so alone in life, left to the heinous abuse of her father with NO-ONE willing to protect her. Imagine how alone and helpless she must have felt. Sadly, not taking action to protect bullied, battered and tortured children and women is the norm in Japan. Everyone who was aware of the situation, yet did nothing, should be in prison along with her monster of a father for their negligence and complicity. Watch, the father's sentence will not be commensurate with the horrific nature of his crimes.

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Posted in: Hundreds gather near Japan's embassy in Seoul to mourn S Korean 'comfort woman' See in context

How many formal apologies and how many acts of financial compensation does it take for Korea and its people to keep their end of the bargain and let this issue rest? It's a never ending drama. Also, they should accept the fact that many of those women were already engaged in prostitution -- Korea wasn't and isn't a puritanical society when it comes to the sex trade. Enough is enough!

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