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Posted in: With or without official word on intervention, weak yen may persist See in context

come on guys tell us lay people what is the perfect rate?

JPY100 = USD1, pegged.

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Posted in: Rate of small firms in Japan hiking wages rises to 63% in FY2024 See in context

Pretty sure that the raise, for 99% of these people, will comprise of less than the amount shown in the picture, on an annual basis.

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Posted in: Want to spruce up your bike helmet? Switch over to Oshare-heru See in context

Quite spendy, though. My horrible lime-green lid from Don Quixote was about 2000 yen. Hopefully it does the job when needed.

A helmet is one of those things that you really shouldn't cheap out on.

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Posted in: Miyazaki's latest film 'The Boy and the Heron' wins Golden Globe See in context

This is one of Miyazaki's worst movies IMO. The plot is difficult to follow and makes little sense. And don't make the mistake I did and take kids to this movie... this one is not that great for kids. In addition to the nonsensical plot, their patience will be tested as the pacing is extremely slow, with nothing really happenubg for the first 45min or so.

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Posted in: Man goes on trial for killing married couple, burning their house down See in context

No remorse, no cooperation? then make him pay fully for his horrible crime.

Are you trying to suggest that remorse or cooperation would be grounds for reducing his punishment?

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Posted in: Video games give sports stars second life See in context

"I asked him: 'Am I good?'" said Pires. "He told me: 'You're good, but you're slow.'"

Haha. Not an inaccurate description of Pires, but I'm sure it stings to be told that by a kid!

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Posted in: Ex-trading house worker arrested for theft of rival's trade secrets See in context

Gonna be tough to change jobs now unless he likes construction work.

Nah, Japan Inc. in general neither asks for references nor checks backgrounds of candidates.

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Posted in: Man, brother-in-law die in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Why is the victim named but not the suspected perpetrator?

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Posted in: Warren Buffett's firm increases stakes in 5 Japanese trading houses See in context

What "Japan Inc" avoids talking about is the fact that Buffett bought all five of the big shoshas, because he doesn't see any significant difference between them. Meanwhile, these shoshas are all competing unnecessarily with each other in the exact same fields, doing the exact same things. Now should Buffett ever start pushing for conglomeration, that would really shake up Japan.

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Posted in: 103-year-old Japanese curry rice restaurant got it right a century ago; still serves it today See in context

I prefer burgers. Do they do Taisho burgers?

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Posted in: 'Wholesome' South Korean reality TV proves a global hit See in context

"Physical: 100" caused some controversy by pitting contestants of different genders against each other, prompting questions about whether it was fair. Ultimately, the top five contestants were men.

Had to laugh at this. Where are all the people assert that gender is nothing but a social construct, and canceling those who dares disagree?

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Posted in: Polyamorous man, ex-wife arrested for brainwashing, raping girl See in context

Arrested for brainwashing? Is that a crime in Japan? How is it defined?

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Posted in: Harry Potter video game gets bumper sales despite LGBTQ backlash See in context

Why media articles continue to give such prominent column space to fringe elements that dispute scientific fact is beyond me. Stop pandering to these minority interests and focus on the majority middle. Most people in society are not actually extremists baying for cancellations at the slighest offence.

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Posted in: Skate smile See in context

How did that blonde girl in the halter top avoid UAE persecution?

Maybe because women are not actually oppressed the way you think they are?

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Posted in: Nitori furniture store guard arrested for shoplifting from Nitori furniture store See in context

If he's walking out with a mattress and nobody is stopping him, I'm guessing the others are all doing it too.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for stalking male acquaintance See in context

Given a typical primary school teacher's workload, it's amazing she had the time to carry this out.

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Posted in: Japanese company defends Van Gogh ownership after lawsuit See in context

Describing the former owner thus is problematic journalism to say the least. Doesn't matter that he was Jewish. Doesn't matter that he was a banker.

Good journalism provides context and colour to a story. Otherwise, it wouldn't be relevant to mention the owner was a Japanese company, or that the Nazi's were involved, or that the decendents of the family are in America. And yet, all those facts are there, to provide context and colour.

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Posted in: Kids hit the waves in Chiba beach town-turned-surfing mecca See in context

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, and restrictions on people's movements made it difficult to travel to the ocean, Kei decided to permanently move to Ichinomiya from Tokyo's Sumida Ward in January 2021.

What? I've been here the whole time, and there were definitely no such restrictions. I AirBnb'd in Ichinomiya in both summesr of 2020 and 2021. Need to stop this sort of dishonest journalism.

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Posted in: Maskless World Cup scenes spark anger in zero-Covid China See in context

Couldn't have happened to a nicer nation. Not only do they censor information to their own people, but they try to influence us through pro-China discussion forum bots/humans. Don't get sucked in!

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Posted in: Musk delays Twitter relaunch after fake account frenzy See in context

Twitter stock is already dislisted, Musk has taken it private after he overpaid.

And who is shocked that tons of people would flock to claim "official" accounts once he opened it up to anyone who had $8.

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Posted in: Nintendo praised for new rules against customers who harass staff See in context

There's another perspective, sometimes you contact a Customer Support representative, who has a chip on their shoulder, and wants to feel "powerful", as the Customer, in such situations we inevitably have no solution.

You seem to have not finished your thought. Did you mean to add "... but to yell and harass the customer service staff." ?

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Posted in: Carnally inclined cops can't resist cozy koban encounters See in context

They're consenting adults and are allowed to do what they want on their break. What's the problem exactly? Our society is so prudish and judgemental.

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Posted in: Qatar hit by unprecedented World Cup attacks, says emir See in context

These protestors are like the missionaries of 400 years ago in Japan, trying to impose their values under the assumption of moral superiority. Nowadays, people who think that every social injustice, no matter how niche, needs to be solved prior to doing anything. You just need to shake your head and laugh. "Utopia (as defined by me) or nothing!" seems to be their motto.

As for me, I'm very much looking forward to the World Cup!

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Posted in: It's time to take Kim Jong Un and his nuclear threats seriously See in context

If you accept the author's premise that Kim is a strategic leader that must be taken seriously, and that his goal is to unify the Korean peninsula, then it should also follow that he would not use nukes, because such actions would only take him further from his goal. Threatening to use nukes, however, can be very effective, as evidenced by this author quaking in his boots.

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested for selling 290 porn DVDs in Osaka’s Airin district See in context

Not clear what the crime here is. Porn is legal.

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Posted in: Male rapper arrested for threatening woman on social media See in context

This is national news?!

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Posted in: Mayweather easily beats MMA fighter Asakura in Japan exhibition See in context

Loved the guy who dissed Mayweather by throwing the flowers on the floor! Best action of the night.

Sounds like something my 13 year old cousin would say. "yeah, that was soo awesome!"

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer Tanaka goes on trial for drug possession See in context

This poor schmo probably really believed he was a big star, but then one day he woke up, looked at his bank account, looked around at his washed up career, his lack of future prospects, and then decided to get high instead of thinking about it any further.

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Posted in: U.S. and Canadian warships sail through Taiwan Strait See in context

Would the US tolerate a Chinese warship (not commercial vessel) near California or New York?- Highly unlikely.

Actually, Chinese navy vessels have visited Cuba many times.

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