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Posted in: 56-year-old woman gets 13 years in prison for fatally abusing 5-year-old boy See in context

TWELVE years for essentially murdering a 5-year old?

Japan's 'Justice' system is an absolute joke. You'd almost get as muich if you robbed a convenience store.

Weak. Weak. Weak.

They deserve to rot in a cell until they die.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils ¥17 trillion stimulus package as poll numbers slump See in context

The stimulus budgets are always used to help out their mates in the major JP companies; the so-called 'trickle-down economics.

It's always trickle-UP.

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Posted in: Japan chocolate producers stamping out child labor in supply chains See in context

I bet Nestle and the other big industrials couldn't care less whether their chocolate came from child labour.

The irony is, is that I bet a majority of consumers, an dprobably some new ones, would be willing to pay more for chocolate that was 'properly' produced. Brand association and optics are everything to these companies...

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Posted in: Bear bounty introduced by Akita governor pays ¥5,000 per bear to hunters See in context

Akita is in the north-west... not north-east

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Posted in: Japan's automakers unveil EVs galore at Tokyo show to catch up with Tesla, other rivals See in context

I really hope Japan moves to EV soon.

Moving to the inaka in June, we bought (got a loan) on an IONIQ 5 in June. Although Hyundai have only shifted around 150 units this year, I don't regret it at all. Cost was a little over 6m BUT we were able to get a subsidy of 680,000 JPY

Point being, though, Japan does lag behind in terms of infrastructure, although more EV poinst are cropping up along highways and local areas.

Range is good - get real-world distance of about 430+ km on a full charge.

In terms of cost, I estimate it's half the cost of 'gas' / petrol for full tank, helped by Solar Power storage from our roof. Everyone around us has 2 or 3 cars and must spend a fortune on gas which is currently at 158 JPY per litre.

Decrease in exhaust fumes and respiratory illness alone is worth the switch to electric.

Exactly. Ask which car they'd prefer to be locked in a garage with, with the engine running.

As an aside, for anyone thinking of having ahome charger installed, we had a charging point installed at home too. Our housemaker installed what they claimed was an EV plug, but it turned out to be only 3kw (surprise - for JP-made PHVs / EVs) as opposed to the 6kw required for most foreign makers.

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Posted in: China says Britain's plans to disrupt Hong Kong 'doomed to fail' See in context

One regime criticising another.

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Posted in: Japan's second-oldest museum forced to crowdfund to pay bills See in context

Should market themselves as DENTSU. Then the funding will flood in.

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Posted in: Sheraton Hotel opens in Kagoshima See in context

PhilMay 28  07:43 pm JST

Im not sure how I understand how this is the first Sheraton in Japan. There is a couple in Tokyo, and at least one in Yokohama.

Yokohama is an "& Towers", and Hiroshima and Tokyo Disney Sea are Grande labels, but under the Sheraton brand.

But yeah, kind of misleading...

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Posted in: Queen and Adam Lambert eager for their post-pandemic tour See in context

I often wonder what Deacon makes of all of this. Silent nodding partner, maybe, but my gosh, he must be wincing on the inside. There were rumours he was going to release solo material in '23 or '24, but that remains to be seen.

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Posted in: Dentsu Group president accepts culpability in Games bid rigging: report See in context

"What a shock" said noone ever.

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Posted in: Arsenal title bid rocked by Everton; dismal Liverpool crash again See in context

Why is it always about 'how dismal' Liverpool are, but not how well Wolves played?

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Posted in: Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in Tokyo meeting See in context

That. Is. A. Dis. Grace.

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Posted in: Diet convenes 150-day regular session; gov't to submit 60 bills See in context

I'm all for raising taxes if it gets spent on things that make society and people happy - like Scandanavian countries too. You know, parks with grass etc.

Won't hold my breath, though.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister plans to visit Singapore, Malaysia See in context

Japan's Foreign Minsiters sure love taking trips on the taxpayer dime, with zero-results in return.

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Posted in: Injured motorcyclist returned to accident scene after hospital refuses to take him due to positive COVID test See in context

This country out-does itself in idiocy farily refularly.

He should sue the hosptial into the ground. At the hospital's expense.

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Posted in: Amazon's Bezos attends premiere for $1 bil 'Lord of the Rings' prequel See in context

To posters writing about homelessness issue in LA... This is why we pay TAXES - to help the needy. and less well-off.

Expedia spend $1bn on R&D alone/. Anually, Apple... well, how many of you wrote your review on your iPhone? Why heap all the problems at Bezos' feet over a movie premiere?

I don't approve of Bezos' work practices for a minute, but to tie a movie premier (a huge part of which the budget went to the Tolkein estate for the rights alone) is just nonsenssical at best.

And as for how it compares to the unfinished tales - well, there are strict conditions attached to the rights - limiting 'artistic creativity' so it shouldn't be too bad at worse....

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Posted in: Japan reports 152,535 coronavirus cases; 30 prefectures have record highs See in context

Why do they NEVER report how many people of the hospitalised have been vaccinated?

'Infections' is meaningless. Focus on the deaths, hospitalised and how many of them were vaccinated. That's the data they need to be working from.

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Posted in: Before fatal shooting, Abe was up close with the crowd See in context

Members of Japan's version of the secret service, the elite Security Police, appeared to be standing at Abe's right and just behind him in their dark suits...

...There appeared to be a pause of 10-20 seconds before Yamagami was tackled, Nakajima said. Nara police told reporters they became aware of Yamagami after the first shot. They declined to say if security had been lax.


From what I saw / read / heard, hardly any of them, if any, were facing behind. Utter incompetence.

A 10-second delay proves this.

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Posted in: Where to buy good cheese in Japan See in context

A bit Tokyo / Minato-ku centric, here, but I reccomend Lammas in Roppongi Hills...

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Posted in: Musk wants to cut 10% of Tesla jobs; tells employees to return to workplace or quit See in context

Definitely playing to the populist mob!

'Freedom of speech' / 'Back to the office' - all punted by right-wing media nutjobs.

I was looking at a Tesla purchase for my first EV next year - not any more.

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Posted in: How much money do you need to live in your own apartment in Japan? See in context

The biggest money drain and impact on mental health.

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Posted in: Japan OKs plan to release Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater See in context

Foxes approve nightly inspection of neighbouring hen house

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Posted in: Japan to trial small group tours from 4 countries See in context

Japan inbound tourism has been my career for the past 12 years - this is the most stupid thingi I have seen - which takes some beating,

This 'trial' period, lasting through to October, is just utterly stupid / riduclous. It is ALL a massive saving face exercise so that the govt. can tell the people "See? We protected and did everything cautiously."

They know there's no science behind it; just like there was no science back in August 2020 when they were requring non-JP returnees to take a PCR, but not the Japanese national returnees.

Nothing to add to the above comments - cartels, racism, and dragging feet.

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Posted in: Netflix cancels Meghan Markle animated series 'Pearl' See in context

Good riddance to woke garbage.

What does 'Woke' actually mean? Can you define it in a sentence, please?

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Posted in: Sunken boat exposes flaw in communications system by tour operator See in context

The regulator approved the change because Toyoda said the mobile phone would be reachable on the sea, the ministry said

The ultimate 'tail wagging the dog', you couldn't make this up.

Company tells regulator it's safe. Regulator approves it.

Regulator and owner should be thrown in jail for criminal negligence, if not worse.

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Posted in: Ukraine's detention of oligarch close to Putin angers Moscow See in context

The only language Russia understands is violence.

So let's do it like this, then. FOUR hurts to every ONE of theirs.

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Posted in: How a nuclear attack on North Korea would add to global cancer epidemic See in context

I think your writer to stick to physics, not geo-politics.

What an irresonpsible opening pargaraph.

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Posted in: Korean automaker Hyundai makes 2nd effort to penetrate Japanese market See in context

Did a test drive last weekend on the IONOQ5

Fantastic car. Gonna be getting one next year

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Posted in: Macron keeps an open line to Putin as war in Ukraine rages See in context

Credit where credit's due; there should always be a diplomatic channel open somewhere.

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Posted in: Over 407,000 on entry waiting list as Japan eases border controls See in context

"I was able to smoothly return to Japan since I have completed my third round of inoculation and was exempt from quarantine," said Akira Onodera, 57, who arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo from Hanoi, Vietnam, after working there.

"But I am worried about whether the easing would cause a resurgence of the infections," he said.

And there you have it. "I'm alright, Jack"

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