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Posted in: Japan's surplus with U.S. up 10% amid trade talks See in context

Those foods are produced in Japan, for example grapes (Yamagata), Potato (Hokkaido) and apples (Akita). They are delicious for Japanese and safe (NO G.M.) Remiving tariffs will impact on the Japanese farmers, who dont have the advantage of cheap mass production and Mexican labor like USA. Its unfair to the Japanese farmers.

Yeah the infalliable Japanese farmers just use cheap labor from China, Phillipines, or other ASEAN countries.... please get real... I used to think U.S. citizens were the most brainwashed, out-of-touch with reality people... until I met people who think Japan/Japanese do no wrong. In fact, how do you know the produce here is not GM? I don't see labels indicating otherwise on most produce I buy that is farmed in Japan.

As for autos. USA should focus on producing cars that Japanese want. Not big, gas guzzling vehicles hard to drive in narrow streets.

The same way Nissan and Mazda doesn't try to sell their tiny 4-cylinder cars in the U.S., I doubt Ford, GM, etc. would try to sell their "gas-guzzling vehicles hard to drive in narrow streets" in Japan.

It's 2019, how can you 'informed' commentators on JT still believe U.S. cars are all gas-guzzling? There are eco-cars, hell, TESLA, who arguably produces the world's most eco-friendly cars, is a U.S. company!

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: Motegi See in context

oyatoi, I get a better vehicle and better service at a Japanese car dealer. It is a vehicle that was made from the ground up for service in Japan. Then there is the lack of a dealer network for the American brand cars. Oh Ford is pulling out of the Japanese market thus the current owners are just out of luck.

Trump is wrong it is the American brands that refuse to adapt to the Japanese market. Japanese vehicle makers conformed to the American market.

This makes sense as people in the U.S. don't rely heavily on the licensed dealer to do their car repair or maintenance. Most do it themselves, have family who can, or use local repair shops, etc.

It still bewilders me that people can't see that if Ford, GM, etc. never had a chance to set a foothold in Japan because of high tarrifs, how does anyone expect Japanese people to even know if they like/want to try a product when they haven't had equal exposure?

Japan Auto wrecked the native U.S. auto industry, inadvertently, and just know it is finally being addressed. The one good thing that Trump has done since he's been in office--despite your personal feelings about the guy.

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Posted in: Japan's surplus with U.S. up 10% amid trade talks See in context

Surprised no U.S.-bashers came to play the same old song of "Japanese people don't need U.S. products" "U.S. fruit is only GMO" etc. etc.

Let's face it: Trump is spot on when it comes to unequal trade between the two countries. Hopefully, we can come to an agreement that leaves both sides contempt, if not happy.

I'd love to have cheaper fruit and veggies from California (grapes), Washington (apples), Idahoe (potatoes).

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Posted in: Nicolas Cage files for annulment 4 days after Vegas wedding See in context

Maybe she started asking for gokozukai, somebody translated, and he quickly sobered up.

Jokes aside, what a tool -- the both of them.

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Posted in: Gov't to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

In March 2011, a massive tsunami caused by an earthquake slammed into Japan, killing more than 18,000 and setting off the worst nuclear accident (in a generation).

Ever. Worst nuclear accident ever.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't to stick to Okinawa base plan despite referendum result See in context

There is no point in holding a referendum, then.

"We have spent many years holding dialogue with people in the prefecture. We will continue our dialogue so that we can gain their understanding," Abe said. "Reducing the burden of Okinawa is a major responsibility for the central government... we will continue our utmost efforts towards a reduction of the burden related to hosting bases."

Meaningless lip service. Abe doesn't respect the people of Okinawa nor the idea/concept of democracy.

Okinawa accounts for less than one percent of Japan's total land area, but it reluctantly hosts more than half of the approximately 47,000 American military personnel.

Staggering. I believe its the most concentrated place of foreign military members in the world.

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Posted in: 60-year-old police officer killed in hit-and-run one month before retirement See in context

Nicholas, that's a lot to go through, I wish you all the best.

This is exactly why I always stop and check for cars, no matter if the light is red or there is a stop sign.

I'm a firm believer that a lot of people here don't give a damn about the law and would rather make rash decisions and say gomen nasai later -- if they even have to do that.

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Posted in: Brexit accelerating Japanese exodus from UK: analysts See in context

Oh how the mighty have fallen. This seems to be the beginning of the end for the once mightiest empires the world had ever seen. Here's to hoping they can figure something out and get back on track after Brexit, for the sake of all the citizens affected by their politician's hubris.

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

Is it too much to ask some of these companies to be flexible with its workers? Even if the company 'must' operate through the holiday period, break down the staff to a minimum shifts and give customers notice. Same for hospitals. Limited operating hours or have people work remotely.

I can understand those shops/departments that directly benefit when the masses are off, but why does an accountant need to come into the office?

I love how people are blaming the government and not giving one look at their companies who force them to work through holidays. A lot of those workers will be playing minesweeper or watching the paint peel off the walls.

As municipal governments are responsible for overseeing authorized childcare centers, the official said, local governments should devise their own solutions.

But an official in the municipal government of Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, said, "Nothing really has been decided by us. It would help if the government laid out a course of action."

Translation: Neither side wants to take responsibility.

This is truly why any effort to get Japanese people to have more children will have a tough time gaining any traction. The source of the problem is this awkward employee-to-company loyalty people have here.

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Posted in: Japanese couples increasingly begin to arrange prenuptial agreements See in context

Prenups and Post-nups make sense in the case of either side having a business, valued assets, etc.

The contract lists 34 conditions, including Silva's requirement that her husband has no more than two outside drinking sessions per week.

Other terms stipulate that the couple must always spend their anniversary together, and that in the event of a divorce, Silva be compensated 1 million yen.

Silva has used it as a way to legally bind behaviors and personal attributes to her husband, and he to her. I won't be surprised if in a few years, she's 1 million yen richer.

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Posted in: U.S. auto dealers worry Trump will impose tariffs on imported cars See in context

Japan knows they need the US market. With less and less friends in Asia, things are quickly coming to a head, good or bad, and we have Trump to thank for that. This is why Abe was scrambling in the early days of the Trump administration to get on the golf course with Trump.

*Spare a thought for the US auto industry in the 70s when the Japanese put a 40% tariff on US cars while it stole way market share in their home market, resulting in mass layoffs in Detroit.*

So many people don't seem to get this. Japan enjoyed either low/no tariffs all the while and churned out major profits. They were able to build and adapt cars to the American lifestyle while their US counterparts were not.

This is why Japanese people don't 'want' U.S. cars, because they've never had a fair shot at them. Just like with the rice here (California rice is just as good!).

Japan had access to the world's single strongest economy for virtually no cost, and now the gravy train is coming to an end -- unless, god forbid, they agree to trade that benefits both parties Gasp!.

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Posted in: Actor Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode See in context

Most people have similar thoughts, but it's 2019 and you're not allowed to feel this way/have had felt this way.

I've had stuff happen to me in JP and felt a certain way about Japanese people until I figured out that I shouldn't/couldn't generalize about millions of people from the action of a few knuckleheads.

People act like racism/bigotry hasn't ever existed. Just over 70 years ago, barely two generations, his thoughts would've been normal, and, in some places, someone would've asked him why he hadn't carried out the deed.

I don't blame Liam, I blame the society he came from/ and our society of today pretending like racism and bigotry is as ancient as the pyramids. Look at despicable Hollywood -- quick to wag the finger! They're one of the most racist/bigoted institutions/groups in the world...

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Posted in: The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecasting See in context

THIS is what it's really all about:

*And in that period and the preceding weeks, shops will pack their shelves with sakura themed merchandise. Pink and white blossoms seem to decorate everything from beer cans to sakura-flavored chips and flower-themed candy.** The season is traditionally celebrated with hanami, or viewing parties, in cherry blossom hotspots, with picnics organized beneath the trees.*

Cherry blossoms are beautiful, but over-hyped/marketed heavily; they probably sell well, because the tree thrives all over Japan. I do enjoy the temperate weather, and beer, though.

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