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Posted in: Federal Reserve says interest rates will stay at two-decade high until inflation further cools See in context

Or... Hear me out Japan raises minimum to 2000 yen/hour over the next 5 years so that inflation here matches what has happened everywhere else and the yen comes back against the doller.

The days of 60,000 )yen Tokyo apartments and 250 yen/10 eggs needs to die.

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Posted in: Japan ready to support Taiwan following strong quake: Kishida See in context

Just make sure, use dollar not weak yen.

Yes absolutely, Kishida needs to worry about Japanese problems

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Posted in: Japan’s oldest monorail permanently closing next month See in context

Ever heard of the Tama monorail? It's also in Tokyo. There are also pending plans to extend it to Machida station.

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Posted in: Japan's largest labor union to seek 5% or more pay hike next spring See in context

2 minus votes so go on... tell me what has doubled in price in Japan in the past 5 years? Genuinely curious, I can't think of anything. Gas, electricity, petrol, food.... No.

eggs - yes from 130- 300+ at my local shop.

gas- nearly. Was about 105 yen a few years ago. 180 last month untill the gov cut taxes on it. And it's still 160.

electric - more than double..my family has gone from an avg of 8000 to an avg of 20,000.

food- 30-80% depending on what your buying. Supermarket bread 90 yen - now 120 yen tomatoes more than 100 yen each now before around 50-60 yen each. Pasta sauces ( the 2 packs) before 125 - now 200 each. Most fresh vegetables have seen about 40% increase. Broccoli 150- now 220 yen

Just the facts here.

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Posted in: Japan warns of excessive currency moves; says all options on table See in context

Japan needs to hike interest rates.

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Posted in: Sogo & Seibu department store labor union to go on rare strike in Tokyo See in context

Good to see Japanese people striking! More businesses should do this!

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Posted in: Asian markets mostly higher after Biden-McCarthy deal on U.S. debt See in context

The yen fell to 140.3 to the doller Today. Tell me again how the market is up?

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Posted in: McDonald's first quarter sales boosted by higher prices See in context

When there is so much excellent food in this country, why do people eat this tasteless garbage?

Perhaps because it's actually delicious. A big Mac is a pretty decent burger. And where else can you get the shrimp fillet?

Let's not judge others based on what you think is good.

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Posted in: Japan’s first made-to-order natto store will make you fermented beans without the putrid smell See in context

I've been here for nearly a decade and have tried natto several times.

I just cannot get past the terrible taste, the bad smell, and diarrhea look.

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Posted in: Tokyo cherry blossoms in full bloom, matching 2nd earliest record See in context

Published this article a few days to early I see?

Mostly about 60% bloomed today. Definitely reaching peak around Sunday or Monday.

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Posted in: 43-year-old bosozoku biker arrested for reckless driving See in context

This article was clearly written by a very biased individual who does not like bikes.

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Posted in: 19-year-old girl involved in Nagoya hotel murder case sent to juvenile reformatory See in context

Shouldn't she have been prosecuted as an adult...because she is one?!?!

In Japan, with the acception of finances and voting, 20 is considered to be an adult. Don't apply your countries social standings to another.

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Posted in: KFC releases overflowing lobster fillet burger for winter in Japan See in context

I would expect a lobster fillet to at least look like lobster.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs ¥29 tril spending plan to counter inflation See in context

Japan needs to raise minimum wage to 1500 yen per hour to keep the yen strong against the US dollar. Very simple solution.

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Posted in: Thousands in shelters as powerful typhoon hits Kyushu See in context

Japan tends to over react to typhoons.

Hagabis was bad but monsoon season and landslide tend to be more dangerous here.

Personally, I love the storms. They are a strong reminder of how temporary humans are on this timeline.

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Posted in: JR East to release official train simulator on Steam on Sept 19 See in context

So, if we beat the game we are qualified to operate the real trains right?

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Posted in: Tropical storm drenches parts of Japan as it moves north See in context

Why people still insist on calling it a typhoon?

Because it was a typhoon until it made land fall and it Is causing alor of damage.

Dislike all you want a typhoon is a typhoon. Don't undermine dangerous weather by calling it a tropical storm when it wasn't.

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Posted in: Tropical storm drenches parts of Japan as it moves north See in context

Why people still insist on calling it a typhoon?

Because it was a typhoon until it made land fall and it I'd causing alor of damage.

Dislike all you want a typhoon is a typho

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Posted in: Tropical storm drenches parts of Japan as it moves north See in context

It is not tropical storm. its a typhoon.

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Posted in: Typhoon expected to hit Tokyo, eastern Japan on Saturday See in context

It's a tropical storm. This is an English language news outlet. To call it is typhoon is a poor translation, and inaccurate reporting.

The Japan Times for example are calling it what it is - a tropical storm.

Except, you know, it did become a typhoon shortly after most of the big new outlets reported and went home for the night....

Not calling it a typhoon when it is infact a typhoon is ignorant to the facts. This has nothing to do with translation both words are in the English vocabulary.

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Posted in: Do you support Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's desire to revise Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution? See in context

Wow.... so much arrogance here about defense.

Japan has a self defense army. Japan can and has every right to defend its self. If you think otherwise you need to do a little research before commenting.

Yes WW2 was a long time ago and the fact that the constitution hasn't been changed shows that it is indeed a good document. If it needed to constantly, changed it would be a bad document.

Stop putting western values on what you believe Japan should be. It is not anyone's place to have an opinion other than those that live and pay taxes here. This especially any one here on military duties, you have no say you are here as guest only to preform your orders and nothing more.

The government, despite public disagreeance has wanted to change this for years and it was Abe's father, Shintato Abe who, wanted to removed article 9 and revert Japan to a feudal state.

If you like Japan the way it is, safe and regularly chosen as the best place to live, the answer is a strong NO.

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Posted in: Court rules in favor of French man's wife over child custody rights See in context

Time and time again I have read stories where the foreigner almost never gets custody of the child in Japan. They system is fundamentally flawed.

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Posted in: Tokyo marks record 9th day of temperatures above 35 C See in context

35.3C in nothing when compared to the rest of Asia and the earth surface, yes it is hot but other parts of the world see 40C and over and they adjust and learn how to live with it.

Japan's humidity is what you are failing to account for. Only a few countries even come close. I've got friends from the Philippines and Thailand that say Japan is far far worse.

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Posted in: Toyota, slow to move to EVs, says it offers customers choice See in context

 think it is you who does not understand the advances in solar mobility and the number of companies investing in research to advance this concept. It would not matter if it is 5 miles a day as it all adds up to free, clean power for the life of the vehicle. Five miles a day is 1,825 miles a year free travel. Over five years that equals 9,125 miles or 14,685 km of clean generated, free travel. I would rather take that than choose not to. It is money that stays in my pocket and benefits the environment.

Well, clearly logic isn't going to work to prove that its not realistic.

I hate to break it to you but there is a reason solar panels are flat and aren't wrapped around curved objects. that reason is the sun. they only work efficiently when in direct sunlight. Go ahead and park your car in direct sunlight and when you use all of the energy on the ac to cool it back down let me know how you feel.

I hate to break down your false sentiment about free travel but when you consider the additional cost of a solar panel, you are going to end up paying a premium for those so called free miles

It would be far greener and more cost effective to either install solar at your residence and charge from there or choose to pay for solar from your energy provider.

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Posted in: Toyota, slow to move to EVs, says it offers customers choice See in context

God forbid you run out of power and can slowly build up enough charge over a few hours to get to the nearest power outlet, thanks to solar panels embedded in your vehicle.

I don't think you understand how solar panels work.

Every little bit helps. The panels could be connected to an emergency power system that gives 20-50 km range and can be used first or last for emergencies at the users choice.

Yeah..You definitely don't understand how solar panels work.

The Tesla model 3 has a 260km range on a 50 kw battery. That works out to 5.2km per KW.

A typical solar panel that generates 250 watts full direct sunlight Is 165cm x 100cm.

Let's be generous and say there are 2 panels worth of space on the car.

So that would mean, assuming a very sunny day in full direct sunlight the panels will generate 500 watts in an hour.

If we do the math that works out to 2.6 km of range per hour.

It would literally be faster to walk.

If We consider an 8-hour day that's 4 kilowatts or 20.4 KM. Not even enough range to make it round trip to the supermarket.

Of course the above assumes a perfect sunny day and perfect world conditions. It's not realistic and the numbers are actually going to be lower.

To this you also consider the additional weight of the solar panels they're very heavy which would reduce the efficiency and range. You also have to consider that solar panels are not cheap and they would add a significant cost to an EV which is already very expensive.

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Posted in: Toyota, slow to move to EVs, says it offers customers choice See in context

The real reason is to protect Toyota's tight network of Japanese suppliers, many of which are stuck with combustion technology or other conventional engineering. They tend to be small scale and thus can't afford to radically revamp their operations.

This, exactly this!

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Posted in: Parents mourn singer Sayaka Kanda after fatal fall from hotel See in context

The amount of people assuming suicide is disturbing. It is pure speculation without clear evidence it must be ruled as an accident.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway conductor reprimanded for posting photo of commuter on Twitter See in context

What is with the growing obsession with the privacy of people in public places? Guess what, if you're in public people can take a photo of you, and vice versa. How many times are people in the background of a family photo, or even photo bombing you? If I take a photo at a crowded event do I need to get everyone's permission before posting it online?

Yes, that is exactly how it shy work. We should be working towards more privacy rules in this day in age where every action we take is potentially recorded.

Put the phone away and enjoy the concert. Too many people concerned with taking a movie or taking 1000 photos

We as humans deserve the right to privacy even in public places.

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Posted in: Famous maid cafe will open its biggest flagship in Akihabara See in context

A Polaroid? Haven't seen one of these, even on a tourist, for a very long time.

The Instax cameras have become very popular these days..

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Posted in: Japan weighs oil reserves release to stabilize prices See in context

"If you can afford to have a car in Tokyo, you don’t need government help.."

Not everyone lives in Tokyo. There are many people who NEED cars for their lives be it for work, or family, or place of residence.

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