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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

China's Xi says 'reunification' with Taiwan is inevitable

Nothing about the future is "inevitable", even for Xi. I think he wants to make taking Taiwan part of his legacy - and he will use force if he feels that's the only way to do it before he dies. However, there's always the chance that he might die sooner than he expects, or even be deposed by CCP rivals. Or something else, like civil disorder, might happen to foil his plans. Life is filled with surprises.

That's why I think the smartest thing for Taiwan to do is to drag it out. They way Xi is reversing China's progress, Taiwan might be taking over China in another 15 years.

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Posted in: Yellen urges 'more ambitious' G7 plans for Russian assets See in context

Imagine their surprise when the US financial dominance collapses because nobody trusts US banks or financial laws anymore. Who will deposit money in a custodial bank that steals from those customers they don't like?

This is as predictable as throwing a brick at a window and forecasting that the window will break. Except to Americans, though. Would be amusing if it wasn't for the likelihood of the US starting World War 3 when reality hits home.

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Posted in: Japan inflation slows to 2.2% in April See in context

A weaker yen is good for Japanese exporters and foreign visitors, but it makes imports and foreign travel for outbound tourists more expensive.

Who writes this tosh? "Sure, you can't afford to feed your kids, but think of the bargain it is for foreign tourists!" And they make it sound like things you be fine if you don't buy imported items or travel overseas - ignoring the elephant in the room that the weak yen makes virtually everything more expensive.

But, of course, some people profit from even the worst economic conditions. A total economic collapse would surely create a handful of millionaires. That hardly balances things out.

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan See in context

Soft power" is an interesting way to describe dismembering dissident American journalists with chainsaws.

I suppose they should just throw them into a dark dungeon for years like the US and UK do. Not to defend the Crown Prince, but until our own houses have been cleansed of oppression and corruption we have no business trying to reform others.

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Posted in: Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns See in context

Sounds like a bunch of fruitcakes to me, lol

Have you not noticed the fruitcakes who are actually running the country?

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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

@samit

Chinese wages is about the same as Japanese wages in 2024 for low-skilled jobs, actually higher in high-skilled jobs.

Nope, not even close. Even Shanghai, the highest paying city in China is about half what minimum wage earners make anywhere in Japan. Other cities in China pay even less.

https://www.china-briefing.com/news/minimum-wages-china/

And, having lived in both countries, a modest life in Japan is far preferable to a higher paying life in China for me.

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Posted in: Japan's military needs more women, but it's still failing on harassment See in context

So you're thinking is that if women just stay home, they won't have to worry about sexual assault? What era do you live in?

The more pertinent question is what kind of home do you live in?

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Posted in: Japan's bullet trains host wrestling, dining events in new travel trend See in context

And what's the point of going to Nagoya?!

I often ask that question, but sometimes find myself in Nagoya anyway. I would prefer the non-wrestling seats, but don't begrudge those who are happy to pay for them.

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Posted in: Putin begins 5th term as president, more in control of Russia than ever See in context

There will be peace when Russia acknowledges it isn't an empire anymore.

One could say the same about the USA.

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Posted in: The American paradox of protest: Celebrated and condemned, welcomed and muzzled See in context

The right to protest depends mostly on the consensus of the plutocrats. If their interests are threatened - Wall Street, labour protest, Seattle (remember Seattle?) - then forget it.

That's right. And which one did they crack down on hardest, sentencing many to heavy prison terms, including little old ladies? (Hint: many wore red baseball caps)

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Posted in: Should Japan try to prop up the yen? See in context

Surely after 80 years of financial dominance, this year will be the year the US collapses. Hope springs eternal I guess.

Surely after (fill in a number) years of dominance, this year will be the year the (fill in an empire) collapses. Hope springs eternal I guess.

This has been said before every empire collapses. And so far, not a single empire in history has not collapsed after following the same path as the US. It's fantastical to believe that the US will somehow be immune to the same fate that all empires suffer. Like believing you will live forever because you have lived long.

So far as the yen, propping it up is pointless and a waste. Fundamental policy changes are needed.

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Posted in: Raccoon numbers surge in Tokyo, causing damage to crops See in context

I know they are trouble and don't belong in Japan, but I have raised a few rescued raccoons and can't help but like them. Super smart, loyal to each other, and with a wicked sense of humor - and opposable thumbs that get them into a world of trouble. They should never have been brought in as pets - because they are not pets, they are wild. But they know who their friends are.

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Posted in: Does beer taste better from a bottle or a can? See in context

"Woman like long neck bottles

And a big head on her beer"

Captain Beefheart

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Posted in: Man arrested for dangerous driving resulting in death in Fukuoka Prefecture See in context

The drivers in Fukuoka are the worst in Japan.

Regarding drivers not stopping at crosswalks, Niigata is worst with only 23.2% of drivers stopping - followed by 26.2% in Saga, 26.7% in Osaka and Fukui, and 27.6% in Ibaraki. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20240315/p2a/00m/0na/037000c

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court justices in Trump case lean toward some level of immunity See in context

“Waaaaah. Somebody before me also did crime. It’s not fair”

Is there anything you guys can’t complain about? Man up.

Tell me you don't care about justice without telling me you don't care about justice...

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Posted in: Japan's declining attractiveness from the perspective of foreign talent is starting to become reality. Companies must improve salaries and other benefits. See in context

The author is still under the illusion that Japan is a powerhouse. With the economy and the yen sinking each year, it will only attract the poorest workers who cannot get into countries that pay better unless there are massive structural changes that the current government is completely incapable of enacting.

Foreigners will eventually come, but as bosses, not employees. In 2019, Japan ranked dead last out of 196 countries in inbound foreign investment - behind even North Korea!

The shrinking cost of labor will attract foreign investment interest, not workers.Japan will offer the benefits of cheap labor associated with developing countries but few of the developing country problems that usually come with it. That's how it will recover.

But even for that, the government has to get out of the way. So far, they show no intention of doing so.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter negotiating guilty plea: New York Times See in context

What is there to negotiate?

Federal prosecutors in the US have a conviction rate that rivals Japan's 99% rate. Most people take the plea deal because their punishment will be several times worse if they dare to exercise their right to a trial.

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Posted in: Kishida addresses Congress amid skepticism about U.S. role abroad See in context

Why is everyone smiling? That makes me nervous.

It should. Three grifters laughing at the people they rule over.

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 153 range against dollar for 1st time in 34 years See in context

Perhaps many who used to holiday in Hawaii will consider some of the amazing Okinawan islands?

A couple years ago, when international travel was still limited due to Covid, this was good advice. But now? As these islands are being flooded with foreign tourists and their money, prices are soaring. So, not only will Japanese be unable to afford international travel, but they will be unable to afford domestic travel as well.

Like in many less developed countries, the only locals you see in the nice resorts are working there as staff. This is Japan's future if people don't get serious and start to address the underlying problems.

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 153 range against dollar for 1st time in 34 years See in context

I recall scratching my head at the end of last year / beginning of this reading reading of this fanciful notion of yen strength in 2023 thanks to US rate cuts.

I think cuts are inevitable this year, no matter how much they claim otherwise. They will be forced by bankruptcies and the November election. I think they will come as a surprise to most, as well.

But that won't save the yen, which is on the road to oblivion along with many such currencies.

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Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who shows signs of becoming a stalker to help them stop their obsessive behavior? See in context

Such people have deep-seated mental health issues so the only advice that might help is advising them to get mental health care. Stalking is a symptom of a deeper problem.

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Posted in: Police practice of stopping and questioning comes under media scrutiny See in context

If the law allows such stops, then end of story.

Irrelevant. Even if the law does allow such stops, laws can be changed. If you believe all laws are written in stone and cannot be challenged, there are plenty of authoritarian countries around the world that would welcome you. Slave labor is hard to come by.

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Posted in: Happy ABBA-versary! Fans mark 50 years since 'Waterloo' took the world by storm See in context

Completely overhyped trash. Always was, always will be.

And what makes you opinion any better than the millions of people who like them? Have you written any songs that anyone wants to listen to? Are you a respected musician? I am not a fan of Abba but I don't come here just to rag on people who are. They obviously did something very right to achieve the success they did.

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Posted in: Chinese sci-fi fans divided over Netflix's '3 Body Problem' See in context

I turned it off after trying to watch the first episode. The casting made it look like a remake of Friends, but with all the characters portraying attractive and young hipster physicists. Completely unconvincing. The part set in China was very believable, sadly enough, but it seemed the focus was on the Western cast.

I may give it another try, as the GoT producers made a great show as long as they were provided source material. It was only after they ran out of the book material that it tanked. That won't happen here, as the book is finished.

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Posted in: Shizuoka governor to resign after gaffe insulting vegetable sellers See in context

He shows great contempt for those who work in trades, do manual labor...

Considering that these parasite politicians have conned productive members of society into paying for their lavish lifestyles of doing nothing useful, it's no surprise that they hold us in contempt.

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Posted in: Shizuoka governor to resign after gaffe insulting vegetable sellers See in context

Clearly, he's not competent enough to successfully sell vegetables. That's why he went into politics.

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Posted in: Big tech told to identify AI deepfakes ahead of EU vote See in context

Rather than accepted countless increasingly oppressive laws people need to learn critical thinking. Such laws will allow disinformation only from authorized sources - so it will still be disinformation, but only from one side.

Critical skills need to be taught early on, but I suspect most of those in charge would prefer the peasants without such skills.

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Posted in: Japan eyes upgrade of 16 airports, ports for possible defense use See in context

While bases. etc. are great for dilapidated economies like prefectural ones in Kyushu. it seems unfair the poor people will become cannon fodder for the Chinese military. 

Fukuoka is not a dilapidated economy - thriving would be a better word. And nobody wants a potential bombing target in their backyard, whatever the economy.

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Posted in: Man says ‘Sorry, I’m hungry,’ before robbing Gunma convenience store See in context

On two occasions, I offered food to homeless men in Tokyo and both times they said 'eranaiii!

Go figure.

Homeless people have pride as well. A stranger, much less a foreigner, offering unsolicited food is not the best approach. Homeless doesn't equal being a beggar. If you want to help, there are plenty of organizations that seek volunteers and donations.

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Posted in: Plunging births push Japanese diaper maker to switch to adult market See in context

Cancer can partially be down to lifestyle choices but, I may be wrong, it’s ultimately down to genetics. The Japanese may live the longest but their quality of life is poor and maybe their DNA is cancer prone.

Sorry, but anyone can get cancer, and most of us commenting here will as well if we live long enough. Cardiovascular disease is often due to lifestyle choices but cancer has countless causes - many we are completely unaware of. Some people like to believe that if they exercise enough, eat certain kinds of food and take certain supplements they will somehow avoid the inevitable. Better to accept it and be grateful for the healthy years we have. Wearing adult diapers is among the lesser indignities brought by old age.

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