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Posted in: Japan to decide on abortion pill after panel's agreement See in context

Am I the only one confused by these two statements from the article? It seems like it's already available in the country. The question now is whether a woman needs a doctor signed prescription.

Japan's health ministry will soon decide whether to make abortion pills available for the first time after the proposal cleared a major hurdle with endorsement by a government panel on Friday.


Emergency contraception cannot currently be bought without a doctor's approval in Japan. It is also the only medicine that must be taken in front of a pharmacist to stop it being sold on the black market.

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Posted in: Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met See in context

Japan always wants it both ways. It will be the same with any confrontation with China started by the US military.

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

@kurisupisu Food items in grocery stores are not taxed in the USA. I find it hard to understand how taxing food is justified by Japan's tax code.

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Posted in: Japan defense buildup helps triple primary deficit projection See in context

Please tell me the last time the Japanese economy averaged 2% or more real growth over a 3 year span.

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Posted in: Finance chief: Japan's fiscal health worsening on unprecedented scale See in context

@JeffLee What huge profit growth is that? The base cause is low productivity and Japan Inc's refusal to adopt modern productive structures and policies. A nice dash of entrepreneurialism would help a bunch too.

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Posted in: Finance chief: Japan's fiscal health worsening on unprecedented scale See in context

The Finance Minister seems to be talking out of multiple mouths. He appears to be chastising the BOJ chair and it's tight money policy while at the same time cheerleading for massive increased spending on domestic programs and the military while at the same time suggesting that foreign governments and financial institutions should continue to have faith in the Japanese economy.

Perhaps Mr. Suzuki needs a refresh on Macroeconomics 101.

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

I can't say I'm a fan of the people or their culture. I had a Kawasaki 750 stole by bosozoku. The bike was abandoned 2 month later with an additional 10,000 kms on the odometer and the Japanese naval battle flag painted on the gas tank.

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Posted in: Violent protest in downtown Atlanta over killing of activist See in context

I would be much more trusting of police claims if there was video from body cams. How can there be none in such a large operation?

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Posted in: Ex-police officer sent to prosecutors over two groping incidents on train See in context

So these incidents occurred when he was a police officer.

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Posted in: Some fear COVID downgrade may cause more infections See in context

So many people wearing masks all over Japan. Yet I never saw anyone wear a N95 mask that are actually effective.

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Posted in: Coast guard ship runs aground in Japan; no crew injured See in context

Hopefully with the doubled military budget Japan can afford updated navigation systems. It's pretty hard to fight the Chinese "menace" if your ships can't even get out to sea.

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Posted in: Biden, Kishida held 'very productive' talks on China export controls: official See in context

More arm twisting by the American government. Of course Japan, Korea & countries in Europe want to continue to sell to the booming China market. My niece works for Nvidia. They lost $400 million a year in revenue because of the Biden anti-China policy.

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Posted in: Australia to spend $2 billion on 40 U.S. Black Hawk choppers See in context

ChaChing. Surprisingly for this American voter, Biden has been the best Pentagon salesman ever.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out plans to back Ukraine at 'appropriate time,' U.S. official says See in context

Korea has known China as a powerful neighbor for over 2,000 years dating back to at least the Han Dynasty. Korea will always try to play a balancing role.

South Korea won't even join Quad Alliance to balance China.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out plans to back Ukraine at 'appropriate time,' U.S. official says See in context

One could even argue that China has done more to support Ukraine than Japan by not selling weapons and munitions to the Russians. It's a bit funny that countries like Japan and India get a free pass on something so ethically clear and important.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out plans to back Ukraine at 'appropriate time,' U.S. official says See in context

It's pretty incredible Tokyo has gotten a pass so far with what little they have offered. All because some LDP old timers believe they can work out a deal for the 4 islands off of Hokkaido ("Northern Territories"). Abe tried. It didn't work. It's even more unlikely now.

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Posted in: Japan, India begin 1st-ever joint fighter drill See in context

@EvilBuddha If you are looking for India you will find her next in line to China at the Russia oil & gas line. Kindly think about what that implies for Indian foreign policy.

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Posted in: Ukraine strike deaths hit 40; Russia seen preparing long war See in context

This kind of civilian atrocity guarantees that Russia will remain an international pariah for the foreseeable future.

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Posted in: Japan, India begin 1st-ever joint fighter drill See in context

The last time the Indians took a position in an international war was when the Brits were in charge.

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Posted in: Kishida's weeklong trip focuses on China-Taiwan tensions ahead of G7 summit See in context

Good job Kishi Boy, now build me an army worthy of Uncle Sam's Global Empire.

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Posted in: Biden and Kishida discuss Japan stepping up security See in context

Factually incorrect. Sovereignty has yet to be determined for Senkaku/Diaoyutai.

China's military vessels into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea

Biden is kicking the American Military Empire into top gear. Kishida obviously is along for the ride. How about the Saito, Suzuki and Yamaguchis you bump into on the street?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan unveil plans to strengthen their alliance See in context

Welcome, new junior partner Japan, to the US led global military industrial complex.

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Posted in: Kishida, Italian PM Meloni agree to form strategic partnership See in context

Many rightfully like to poke fun of Kishida, but Japan chairs the G7 this year so it is expected that he visit the other G7 countries to get their input on an agenda.

My personal prediction? Okonomiyaki for lunch day 1.

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Posted in: U.S. Marines to set up unit on Okinawa for remote island defense See in context

I'm getting a real Hessian vibe here which is about as ironic on it gets.

Let's let the local Okinawans vote on such matters.

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Posted in: Kishida, Macron discuss Ukraine, N Korea, food security See in context

Which country doesn't support a "free and open" Pacific? Maybe North Korea. All other countries benefit from global trade. It's like saying over and over that I support 'free and clean air'. Everyone does so it has no meaning.

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Posted in: Japan's defense buildup shouldn't be seen as threat: U.S. official See in context

I fondly remember Clinton being the only president in my lifetime to cut the Pentagon budget. It was around $250 billion back then. Now it has ballooned to over $800 billion per year in the US even thought there are so many other social needs (or simply choose to pay down the debt). Japan should not follow the same foolhardy choice.

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Posted in: Asian tourist hubs ready for Chinese influx See in context

There were plenty of North China Mandarin speakers in Hokkaido on our recent trip. It's possible they are residents but I suspect some have already been able to flee the uncertain conditions of the Mainland either flying out directly or through another country or territory.

They are certainly spending money so that helps the local economy.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan launch task force to tackle forced labor in supply chains See in context

Biden chose the right person to lead his anti-China trade agency. "Katherine Chi Tai (born March 18, 1974 is an American attorney serving as the 19th United States Trade Representative since March 18, 2021. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she is the first Asian-American to serve in the position." - Wikipedia

I do hope the teams also investigate labor practices in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and other regional nations exporting cheap clothing and other items.

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister calls for new world order to counter rise of authoritarian regimes See in context

Japanese old guard believes pushing China down raises Japan up. That is pre-war thinking. China is the economic engine of Asia.

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Posted in: Japan says it scrambled jets to monitor Chinese aircraft carrier operations See in context

This makes it very clear why China wants the Province of Taiwan as a naval base and why the hegemonic US is desperate to stop it from happening.

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