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Posted in: Japan's tax revenue from int'l travelers likely to have tripled in FY2023 See in context

I just got back from visting Japan and don't remember 1000 yen tourist tax. It may have been on added to my airline ticket. I don't mind. 1000 yen is nominal. I do remember buying tax-free stuff in Japan which is really nice. :)

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

I understand why residents and businesses don't want the tourists there. People circling your residence or business constantly would be suffocating. I do get why tourists want a picture there. Mt Fuji and Lawson are both so iconic to Japan. Both of them together in a photo just embodies Japan in a snapshot. Too bad it went viral and too many tourists ruined a cool spot. Too many people ruin a lot of things.

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Posted in: Number of vacant homes in Japan tops record 9 mil See in context

@GuruMick

Fix it you lazy sods or pay someone to do the basics.

Painting is not hard, oil treatment will stop wood rot, an hour a week will keep weeds at bay....

I speak having just rescued an old minshiku and fixed it up real proper like.

Had the wife up on the scaffolding doing the painting and Mother in Law on the roof repairing holes and removing wasp nests.

My friends, it's not hard, it can be done.

If you had your wife on scaffolding doing the painting and your Mother-in-Law on the roof repairing holes and removing wasp nests, what were you doing? Your statement doesn't sound very good. ;) Lol.

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Posted in: Trump meets former Japanese PM Aso; criticizes strong dollar against yen See in context

Like Trump or not, the US was not involved in any wars during his tenure and the US economy was better. Biden has gotten the US involved in many wars (Ukraine-Russia, Israel-Gaza, etc) and has dramatically skyrocketed the costs of living in the US.

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Posted in: Drugs that aren’t antibiotics can also kill bacteria − new method pinpoints how See in context

@virusrex

Nothing has change about ivermectin, it has been demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt to be worthless against covid, and likely for any viral infection that shares the same mechanisms.

No change of narratives, no change on indications, not even any mention of ivermectin in the article, the one antiparasitic mentioned is triclabendazole that acts inhibiting microtubule formation and adenylate cyclase activity, meanwhile ivermectin act on chloride channels on the membrane of the muscle cells of the parasites paralyzing them, just because drugs are categorized together according to their ability to kill parasites that does not mean they have the same mechanism of action, as in this case they can be completely different.

I never said anything about covid. I just said that Ivermectin is not horse medication like the media and big pharma were pushing. However, there have been many studies that have shown ivermectin to lower the viral load for people infected with covid. It has it not been completely proven effective against covid, however, it also has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that ivermectin is not effective against covid. You are jumping to conclusions way too quickly without letting further research investigate.

I mentioned ivermectin because it is in the same class of medication as triclabendazole and many times ivermectin is used in combination with triclabendazole as an anti-parasitic. They both have the same function effective againse parasites. Satoshi Ōmura and William C. Campbell (inventors of ivermectin) got a nobel peace prize for it in 2015 and it is not just some horse medication.

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Posted in: Drugs that aren’t antibiotics can also kill bacteria − new method pinpoints how See in context

Interesting, now they are testing the potential benefits of nonantiboitic drugs for bacteria infections that are used for parasite infections. So, nonantibiotic parasitic medications like triclabendazole and I'm guessing Ivermectin which is in the same class of anti-parasitic medications. Remember just a short while ago, Ivermectin (which is a FDA-approved human medication) was labeled as horse/animal medications from the media. Interesting how quickly things have changed. The change of narratives is on which medications they are heavily marketing. However, that is great if the nonantibiotics is a breakthrough and does have benefits in combatting bacteria infections.

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Posted in: Biden opposes plan to sell U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel, citing need for 'American steel workers' See in context

Biden is so low in the US approval ratings (37%) that he is reverting to Trump-type policies. Lol. So much has gone wrong in the US Bidenomics economy. You would only really know if you live here in the US.

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Posted in: Trans-skeptical U.S. book finds new Japanese publisher See in context

@Tei Uka

I live in the US (California) and am a US citizen.

That's fine, noone will hold that against you.

So, yes, taxpayers are paying for transitions for transgenders.

Not according to the article you yourself referenced, all the while the article actually advocates for that. "For this small investment for a small number of people, we could improve their lives significantly and make them more productive members of society.”

You don't think $34,000 to $43,000 per year is not a lot of money for taxpayers?

According to, again, the article you referenced: "The new analysis calculated that the cost to cover transgender people would be fewer than two pennies per month for every person with health insurance coverage in the United States."

But being a US citizen and living in California, gives me experience and knowledge to what goes in the US that many of in Japan are not knowledgeable about.

The first article was to show the exorbinant costs of transgender care per year. If you notice, the article was in 2015. That is a long time ago, costs have gone up dramatically, and the healthcare industry has dramatically changed. At the time of that article in 2015, transgenders were not covered under private insurance. However, once Obamacare kicked in after, the healthcare landscape changed greatly with much more government involvement. Thus, transgenders were put on the coverage and subsidized in many states and by the US military.

Now, Democrats are pushing for all transgenders to be covered by taxpayers. Coverage varies by state, but in my state of California, transgenders are subsidized greatly by taxpayers. I don't think taxpayers should be paying for elective transgender transitions of any age and especially on minors.

Again: "Almost all Medi-Cal plans in California have an HMO model. Most gender affirming care is covered under Medi-Cal. "

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Posted in: Trans-skeptical U.S. book finds new Japanese publisher See in context

@Tei Uka

The same article also says, "Most health insurance plans do not cover care associated with transitioning to the opposite sex". And, "U.S., policymakers consider something cost-effective if the price is below $100,000 per year of quality of life"

I live in the US (California) and am a US citizen. Obamacare created lots of subsidized transition in government subsidized healthcare. So, yes, taxpayers are paying for transitions for transgenders. You don't think $34,000 to $43,000 per year is not a lot of money for taxpayers? That is likely millions over their life span.

"Almost all Medi-Cal plans in California have an HMO model. Most gender affirming care is covered under Medi-Cal."

https://transcare.ucsf.edu/insurance-information#:~:text=Almost%20all%20Medi-Cal%20plans,Cal%20at%2C%20or%20our%20office..

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Posted in: Trans-skeptical U.S. book finds new Japanese publisher See in context

Tei Uka

Picking just one of the gish-gallop arguments:

"In the United States, costs for UTx range between $100,000 and $300,000."

That's for a uterus transplant, of which only a handful have been done -- on non-trans women. It is currently not even feasible or considered for trans women. Applying the very much theoretical price tag for the still experimental uterus transplant procedure to trans people in general is the worst-faith argument one can possibly make.

The UTx was just one example of the major costs for transgender surgeries. Most are having expensive surgeries and procedures, not to mention the cost of the lifetime medications, blood tests, and other medical and psychological support. Taxpayers should not be funding elective transgender transitions which many are and they are pushing for more in the US.

"In the first five years, the researchers found, providing health care for transgender people cost between $34,000 and $43,000 per year of quality of life; after 10 years, the cost dropped to between $7,000 and $10,000 per year of quality of life."

https://publichealth.jhu.edu/2015/study-paying-for-transgender-health-care-cost-effective

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/2876834/the-biden-administration-wants-taxpayers-to-fund-gender-transitions-for-children/

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Posted in: Trans-skeptical U.S. book finds new Japanese publisher See in context

@virusrex

It is a disturbing trend. Planned Parenthood does the most transitions in the US and they have said that transgenders are "cash cows." 

Any actual source for this? because hearsay is not exactly as strong evidence as you think it is, anybody can claim an employee said something, but it is not a realistic claim at all, specially with zero evidence of this actually happening.

"The Planned Parenthood clinic where she worked was located in a small town of roughly 30,000. Abortions were the clinic’s “bread and butter,” something this employee fully supports. But, she noted, “trans identifying kids are cash cows, and they are kept on the hook for the foreseeable future in terms of follow-up appointments, bloodwork, meetings, etc., whereas abortions are (hopefully) a one-and-done situation.”

https://www.liveaction.org/news/transgender-identifying-individuals-planned-parenthood-cash-cows/https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/11/employee-trans-identifying-kids-are-cash-cows-for-planned-parenthood/

Researchers have said that transgenders cost taxpayers from $100,000 to $300,000 USD. I'd

How about a source? Also, cancer patients cost around 200 billion USD a year, do you think this justifies refusing to treat them? there are much more cancer patients than transgender kids, so you can save a lot more money by letting them suffer, right?

Washington Examiner article posted on MSN. "In the United States, costs for UTx range between $100,000 and $300,000." Long term revenue stream with all the lifelong transgender hormones, steroids, medications, blood tests, etc. that need to be done for life.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/ama-plots-move-on-taxpayer-funded-uterus-transplants-for-biological-men/ar-AA1fhKKD

Also, in the US the leftists are not pushing traditional family values anymore and there is a lot of gay/transgender grooming propaganda that is fueling these bad trends

The medical consensus is not propaganda, so it does not matter at all who is the one repeating what the doctors and experts on the field say, it would still be what is supported by science.

The medical consensus can be propaganda if there is lots of money to be made. Look at the vaccines. Trillions made by the vaccine companies for vaccines that don't really work. Smoking was propagated for decades for being safe by the medical consensus. Zantac was considered safe by the medical consensus for decades and has been recalled due to cancer risk.

I'd would also bet money that the percentage of gay/transgender people in other countries that are pushing more traditional family values is much much lower percentage than 7%.

You mean you think that discriminating people may make those being discriminated against hide so it would appear there are less than what they actually are?

The surprise is not that this would happen, but that you consider this something positive.

There hasn't been much discrimination for the gay/transgender community since the 90s in the US. Gay/transgender grooming on kids is not good. There are so many kids that are saying they are gay/transgender when they haven't even gone through puberty or even know what sex is. How many young kids have you seen that still believe in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc and think they are Superman, Superwoman, Spiderman, Spongebob Squarepants, etc and you think it is ok to let them authorize their own transition surgeries? Now the push is trying to allow minors to authorize their own transitions without parental authorization or knowledge. There has been a large increase of the number of transgenders that transitioned as kids and years later are regretting their decisions and are altered for life. The adults around them failed them.

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Posted in: Trans-skeptical U.S. book finds new Japanese publisher See in context

It is a disturbing trend. Planned Parenthood does the most transitions in the US and they have said that transgenders are "cash cows." Also, US taxpayers are paying for the vast majority of transgender transitions. Researchers have said that transgenders cost taxpayers from $100,000 to $300,000 USD. I'd bet that money is fueling the bad trend of young people getting transitions.

Also, in the US the leftists are not pushing traditional family values anymore and there is a lot of gay/transgender grooming propaganda that is fueling these bad trends. 38% of Ivy league college students now say they are either gay and/or transgender. The general population is 7%. I'd would also bet money that the percentage of gay/transgender people in other countries that are pushing more traditional family values is much much lower percentage than 7%.

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Posted in: How much weight do you actually need to lose? It might be a lot less than you think See in context

@virusrex

But it is hugely more likely than the opposite when there is no evidence being produced to contradict that consensus.

No, that is not what a consensus means in the scientific field, that is just being popular. In science a consensus means something the vast majority of the professionals of the field conclude is correct based on the evidence and studies being published. When nobody can refute with evidence what is being claimed then it becomes a consensus and remains that way until it can.

At times where the evidence was not the basis for such consensus, that do not apply in modern times.

I disagree. I worked in science research at Stanford before. Everything is about funding and grants. Nowadays, everyone's scientific opinions just follow the money. Here is just one example of world renown climate scientists talk about how the funding and grants work with the government and private industry and evidence that changes in CO2 is insignificant in climate changes and the sun is the main driver of any climate changes. Any evidence/studies that changes in CO2 are not the main driver of climate change are suppressed and ignored because the entire multi-trillion dollar climate change industry hinges on the CO2 narrative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYhCQv5tNsQ

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Posted in: Children are expensive – not just for parents, but the environment − so how many is too many? See in context

The poorest most impoverished populations around the world are exploding. They are unable to take care of or provide for themselves nor their offspring, but are having many kids. Yet, the wealthier first world populations that can take care of themselves and offspring are decreasing a lot. That is a bad trend for the world.

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Posted in: How much weight do you actually need to lose? It might be a lot less than you think See in context

@Wallace

Doctors in hospitals do not make money from drug prescriptions.

Not sure about Japan, but in the US, drug companies definitely give perks (gifts, dining, etc) to doctors who write a lot scripts for a drug companies' medications.

My dad owned a private pharmacy and I worked there for many years. Drug sales reps would come into the store often and even ask him to try to persuade doctors to write scripts for certain medications. He never did because he thought it was very unethical. He never liked or respected drug company sales reps. Lol.

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Posted in: How much weight do you actually need to lose? It might be a lot less than you think See in context

@virusrex

Going against the medical consensus is a very strong indication of this being the case.

A consensus does not mean always mean the science is correct nor the medical opinion. It just means that more people believe it and/or just follow it. Examples: smoking, many medications and vaccines, many dangerous chemicals, foods, etc, etc. Many well known scientists' discoveries were ridiculed and rejected by the scientific consensus. Also, many medical breakthroughs were ridiculed and rejected by medical consensus.

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Posted in: How much weight do you actually need to lose? It might be a lot less than you think See in context

Only a few people in Japan need to lose weight. Obesity and overweightness is not really much of an issue in Japan compared to the US. In the US most people need to lose a lot of weight. Obesity is a major epidemic in the US and causing many health problems and healthcare to be very expensive.

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Posted in: Recession has struck some of world's top economies, but U.S. keeps defying expectations See in context

I live in Silicon Valley. Trust me, the US economy is not doing great. Prices of essential goods like food, daily essential goods, energy, rent, insurance, car expenses, house expenses, etc have skyrocketed about 30% under Biden/Democrats. On average, households are spending about $11,000 to 12,000 a year more than three years ago. Credit card debt and 401K withdrawals are the highest since the financial collapse. Housing sales is lowest since financial collapse. Companies are laying off like crazy. Mostly high paying jobs. Many economic metrics do not look good, but the mainstream liberal media won't really report on that stuff.

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Posted in: Japan's flu cases surge to warning level at fastest pace in 10 years See in context

"The rapid spread reflects lowered influenza immunity after cases had dropped in recent years amid anti-infection measures implemented against the coronavirus pandemic."

Influenza disappeared for nearly two years during COVID. It makes no sense that the "anti-infection measures" were able to combat influenza 99%, but COVID raged around the world. COVID is transmitted the exact same way as Influenza and has similar transmission rates.

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Posted in: 22-year-old man gets 23 years in prison for murder of sex worker at hotel See in context

"He said he became “interested in killing someone” after watching a film of people being murdered on the internet."

Horrible story. Looks like violent movies and video games are bending people's minds to do horrific things.

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Posted in: Japan detects season's first bird flu case; to cull 40,000 birds: NHK See in context

Do they just dispose of the chickens or allow them for food consumption? If they just dispose of them it is a waste, and it if they allow them for food consumption, will price of chicken go down? According to scientists, cooking kills bacteria and viruses in meat.

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Posted in: Man arrested in Japan for stealing credit card info via web skimming See in context

Very first case of credit card skimming in Japan? Wow. There is so little crime in Japan. In the US, there has been about 120,00 credit card skimming crimes in the first half of 2023. Big difference.

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Posted in: Kishida to visit San Francisco for 5 days to attend APEC summit See in context

They couldn't do a Zoom call? World leaders, climate change leaders, etc private jet setting all over the world while trying to ban fossil fuels is the equivalent of Marie-Antoinette's quote, "Let them eat cake."

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Posted in: Spinal implant allows Parkinson's patient to walk again See in context

Amazing technology. It is good when healthcare focuses on improving people's lives. Good story.

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Posted in: Japan's two major airlines log profit jump as COVID curbs removed See in context

Great for the economy and the businesses that survive on tourism. It was obvious that when Japan dropped the COVID restrictions and open their borders, they were going to get a ton of tourists visiting. It was almost three years that Japan was either closed or COVID restriction-free.

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Posted in: G7 calls for immediate repeal of bans on Japanese food, pressing China See in context

Every country has their own free choice to do what they think it best for their country and citizens. The G7 coerce countries to do or not do things does not work. They should just be talking directly to the countries and negotiate with them. That is how civilized negotiations take place. If the countries choose not to, again it is their free choice.

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Posted in: IMF lifts Japan's 2023 growth forecast to 2% on brisk inbound tourism See in context

Tourism is a good thing. It helps boost economies around the world.

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Posted in: Japan targets ultra-rich travelers to boost regional revival See in context

The buses and trains are great in Japan. I just have to remember to scan my IC card when getting on the bus. A few times I forgot because some buses are flat rate (only have to scan IC card when you get off) and I am getting scolded by the bus drivers.

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Posted in: 54-year-old man arrested for walking naked in Sapporo See in context

kaimycahl

@CrashTestDummy More than a crash test dummy!!! Please correct me if I am wrong. Where in the print below does it talk about homelessness and the use of restrooms, or should I say cleanliness? Perhaps the print was not large enough to read or you just have on the wrong eyeglasses! But I think the latter part of your ID is what it is!!!!

My comment was just a comparison of how big of a problem that the US has compared to Japan. One naked guy, he was arrested, and that is a big story. This happens all the time in the US, but the authorities do nothing to solve the problem. I'd like to add that most of the homeless are doing hard drugs in the street as well.

You should save your personal punches at me and debate the issue instead. Also, be happy that the Japanese cities you live in are extremely low crime and clean.

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Posted in: 54-year-old man arrested for walking naked in Sapporo See in context

This happens all the time in US cities now. The nearly 600,000 homeless use the streets as their restroom. It is big problem that is not getting solved. I wish San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other US cities was as clean as Tokyo.

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