Ganbare Japan - PM Abe will gain the 50 percent of Japanese understanding to change the Constitution. It is not working. JSDF members cannot do their work with pride until Constitution is changed, PM Abe is right. Time to stand up and be strong, defend Japan and fight alongside USA soldiers if needed.
Another person who does not understand the current constitution.
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Really? I find this hard to believe. The only thing I know of that has inflated is Abe's ego after winning his seat again.
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@Hakman - Mr. Abe has done a good job overall,
Is that so? Do you know something I don't? He has done nothing to increase child or aged care. He has done nothing to reduce the public debt. He has done nothing about getting more women into the workforce. He has done nothing about increasing family payments. He has done nothing 'good' period! The only things he has done are, increased sales tax, which resulted in a drop in consumer spending of 10-25% depending on the sector. He gave his crony corporate mates tax cuts and 'urged' them to pass on as salary increases, which never happened, of course. And, he has borrowed money from the BOJ twice, further increasing the public debt. What exactly has he done a good job on? He played golf with a couple of other country leaders. Is that what you are referring to as 'a good job'? He is a fraudulent bag of hot air full of hollow promises to gain public favor. He has not completed one of his campaign promises in seven years of office. Talk to any small business owner about this Abenomics BS and be prepared to hear a serious and factual rant!
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It's called, making hay before the winter sets in. If Trump follows through with all his planned tariffs it's going to be a very cold winter for many countries.
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Police said the man, who was speaking incomprehensibly, is related to the victims and lives in Nerima Ward.
Another family murder in Japan. That makes five this week and it's only Wednesday.
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Of course, this is just a tax dodge for the organisers. They can claim up to ¥100,000 per person per month without receipts. It makes one wonder just how much money the organisers will pocket for enlisting 80,000 volunteers.
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There has been four needles found and all strawberries have been pulled from the shelves in Australia and new Zealand has stopped all imports. I recall quire a few cases of this happening in Japan in recent years, usually in breads or cakes. However, I don't recall a national recall of all products that 'might' be effected.
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Volunteers do not get paid. That is what volunteer means.
However, I do understand the point of the question. There will be somewhere around 10,000 volunteers for both the Paralympic and Olympic games. These volunteers will be doing jobs like, translating, giving directions, crowd management and serving refreshments and foods. All these jobs should be paid. This is just another way of cutting costs for the Olympics. This is Japan! Where people are used to working for free.
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Joey - Men also often support their families, a basic practice in Japan, whereas career women live on double incomes or often chose not to marry. Supporting a family is better for society (children=future).
Wow! Miss the point much? If a woman choses a career over marriage it is her prerogative. It is the same ideals as the statement above that create this kind of sexism in the workplace. Women do not have a social obligation to become baby making machines. That kind of idealism died out a 100 years ago. Furthermore, from my experience in Japan, the women are much better educated and have much greater organisational and critical thinking skills then the men.
I'm sure the reason Abe has failed to get more women into to management is because he has also failed to strictly address the salary differences between men and women for the same job. In most cases, women are paid 10-20% less than a man to do the same job even though, the women usually do the job much better. It is impossible to turnover more than a thousand years of Japanese sexism in a single generation. It's only a little over a hundred years ago that women were actually allowed to attend school in Japan.
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But, nobody has a problem with grown adults staying up late to watch sexually explicit and immoral cartoons? "When I grow up I wanna be a pervy child!"
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Only one store closed for three days out of 19 proven to be selling tainted foods even though they concluded the poisoning came from the head manufacturing plant? Every Moss Burger in the country should have been closed until the exact source of the poisoning was known and removed. Gees I'm glad I don't eat at fast food chains.
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Yeah, this cop was on special assignment, hence the automatic pistol. However, pistols don't just fall out of their holsters. They are clip into the holster so they cannot fall out. You really have to wonder about the competency of Japanese police sometimes.
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@Vince Black - Poor kids, might have been a lot different had they been wearing seat belts.
Vince, I know exactly what you are saying and I see it every day too. However, they were in a K-car. Seatbelts make no difference when you are driving an aluminium can. If you have an accident in a K-car, it will fold up around you. They have no impact zones or safety reinforcement, especially side impact. Some of those little boxy K-cars have the back seat right at the back door. That's just a death waiting to happen. It is more likely they would have survived if they were a real car. I would never own a K-car, better less put my kids in one.
Yuya Ohata, 30, who was driving the minivan,
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All this hype was created by Americans who just don't understand the Australian sense of humor. Australians will poke fun at everybody, including themselves.
kohakuebisu - The cartoonist and editor are also pathetic and have disgraced themselves. They have done so by producing something where the question is not "how pathetic is that behaviour?" but "is that S@mbo from the Jim Crow era?". The obvious response would have been to print a small apology followed by exactly the same cartoon drawn "less S@mbo".
This is the kind of rubbish comment that creates this kind rubbish media hype. My daughter has a GollyWog doll handmade by my grandmother and do not consider it racist, but I bet you do. She also has a European rag doll made by the same person. Is that racist too?
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He was not lost. He was hiding. You have to wonder what he was hiding from.
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Posted in: A study by the World Health Organization reports that technological advancement has made our lives more convenient but also less active, creating a sedentary lifestyle and heightening the risk of deadly diseases because we are not getting enough exercise. Do you agree? See in context
It's not just physical exercise the current generation are missing. They are also missing brain exercise. Everyday I see countless people locked into their phone screens playing absolutely pointless games just wasting their lives away. I am not talking about teenagers. I am talking about adults in their 30's to 60's locked into their idiot boxes playing, smack the hamster, join the balls, virtual farmer, slots, pachinko and many more. I saw a young guy the other day holding two phones in one hand and playing different pointless games on each while going down the escalator at a train station. He had those cases with rings on them so he could hold one landscape and the other portrait. It is not cool or a trend. it is a mental illness that society will have to deal with in the near future. It's a generation of zombies!
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Wow! That's really taking all the fun out of making babies.
447,790 in-vitro fertilizations were conducted in the reporting year, resulting in 54,110 births,
I found this on the web:
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, recently estimated a total of 5 million IVF babies worldwide.
between one and two percent of all births in the United States now occur as a result of IVF.
It would seem Japan's 'record number of IVF births' is still behind the rest of the world.
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"It's good to have diversity. It's good to have an open policy," Kono said.
Unfortunately, the Japanese understanding of the word 'diversity' is quite different to the dictionary definition. Diversity in populations means diversity in cultures, not just in faces and skin color. "outsiders who might not speak their language or conform to expectations for how to behave." This statement totally contradicts the meaning of diversity.
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Posted in: It’s time to consider placing limits on the number of people who enter as an anti-crowding measure. To maintain our pride as a tourism nation, harmonious coexistence with local residents is extremely important. See in context
It's a lovely sentiment, but the yen signs in the vendor's eyes in the 'tourist hot spots' tell a completely different story.
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sparked controversy, with critics claiming the investigation encourages prejudice against non-Japanese.
Japan is definitely one of, if not the most culturally prejudiced and racist countries in the world. Even the above statement implies the 'us and them' mentality of Japanese culture. However, this is only when it suits them. Perhaps every foreigner should win a grand slam tennis tournament. I can tell you for a fact there are literally millions of Japanese exploiting the Japanese health system.
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Japan's disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure
I would have gone with poorly designed and cheaply constructed, but vulnerable would be the politically correct term to conceal the truth.
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@AustPaul - Disillusioned - Shoot the tyres if you have a good aim and the luxury of time I guess but it may not be the best choice if a car is bearing down on you at speed. Other option could have been a baton at the driver’s window but we don’t really have the full picture here.
Did you actually read the article or are you just arguing for argument's sake? I guess you missed this details of 'the full picture'. - "The black car backed into the police car, ramming it several times, at which point one of the police officers called out a warning. When the driver of the black car refused to get out of the car, the officer fired two shots, wounding him." - These cops are supposed to be trained professionals, not idiots on a turkey shoot!
This still does not explain where the other 5 shots went or when they were fired.
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"Safety has been ensured," she said. "Steps have been taken."
Paper bags full of cash have been exchanged and safety checks have been altered. Otsukare sama Koike-san!
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Note to J-cops: Shoot the tires! Shooting at tires means the bullets travel in a downward direction lessening the chance of accidental shootings from stray bullets. In this case, they fired seven shots, only two of which hit the crim. Where did the rest go? No doubt this cul-de-sac was in a built up area. Last year there was a serious incident very close to my home involving the J-cops and their guns. A large dog like a malamute/husky went nuts and attacked a couple of people. They dispatched over 50 police who fired 13 bullets at this dog. It was hit by 7 bullets. The rest of the bullets were sprayed around the neighbourhood. There were bullet holes in fences and brick walls and one that went through the front wall of a house at head height into the living room. It was a flipping free-for-all turkey shoot! It was only luck that nobody was killed.
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OSAKA - It has been one month since rape and robbery suspect Junya Hida, 30, escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture,
Shouldn't that read, "walked out of a police station"? It's hardly an 'escape' if he just strolled out of an unlocked door, through the police station and off to freedom.
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"I know that they contribute to the economy and business, but honestly I was sick of the bad manners and loud voices (his opinion), but now I realize how badly we need them." "They" and "them" of course being Chinese and Korean tourists, mainly.
This is a great representation of Japan's version of multiculturalism. "Yes, we want you to come to Japan to take your money and to do our work, but we don't like you and want you to be Japanese." Japan's tourism bubble will burst in the not too distant future, partly because of this unwelcomeness, but also because there are only so many people in the world who want to visit Japan and most only want to visit once for their bucket list. Japan should stop relying so heavily on tourist dollars and think of it as a bonus and not a necessity. As I have said many times, Japan's economy needs to be rebuilt domestically, not internationally.
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@Dom Palmer -
@Dom Palmer - Here is a news flash for you anti-whalers: Japan could quit the IWC and resume hunting whales commercially TOMORROW.
If Japan leaves the IWC tomorrow and commences commercial whaling in the southern ocean sanctuary, which they choose to ignore, they will be considered poachers and treated as such by the 40 odd countries that support the sanctuary.
Meanwhile, the IWC's own Scientific Committee has stated that some data can only be obtained by lethal means.
Yes, 'some' data. However, it is not data that needs to be collected every year by killing a thousand whales (now 333). This is the fault of the IWC. This clause that is being exploited by Japan should have stipulated how many whales could be killed for research purposes.
Actually the well understood science of statistics says that based on the Minke population hundreds have to be sampled to achieve a reliable data set.
Lethal research may very well be necessary. However, it is not necessary for hundreds (previously a thousand) whales to be killed every year to obtain the same data over and over again.
Well that and the ear plugs which give age, and samples of various internal organs.
Again, this data does not need to be collected every year by killing hundreds of whales. The age of the population of whales can be determined once and does not need to be carried out every year. Population growth can be measured by airplane or helicopter.
First, that is a theory with no guarantee of profit. Second, doing so does not preclude commercial whaling.
This reference to whale-watching is utter rhetoric! It has been proven by many countries who have multi-million dollar whale watching industries. However, Japan would struggle to create a whale watching industry due to the fact the local species of whales have already been hunted to near extinction.
If this is an example of what Japan intends to use as a defence to support its return to commercial whaling, they will get laughed out of the IWC. There is not one point about Japan's whale research that requires killing of hundreds of whales every year. I am fully aware their goal for this research is to prove there are stocks of whales that will sustain commercial whaling. However, Japan has killed over 30,000 whales since the IWC was created. The minke whale may very well be abundant (at present), but there is no evidence to prove it will sustain a commercial cull every year. In 30 years of BS research Japan has failed to prove this point and have not provided any information on how they intend to manage the stocks of minke whales. It's just a farce!
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This is quite a vague question. The answer would depend on the time and purpose of the travel. A person who travels 60-90 minutes each way every day is quite normal and acceptable. However, a person who travels for 2 hours or more on special occasions should be compensated if the travel is outside of normal working hours. On the other hand, a person who travels two hours or more each way every day needs to find a better job or move closer to their work.
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@Ashley Shiba - Disillushioned, I have seen many people over a hundred very agile and living very productive lives. A great example there is an African man in the States a 108 years I believe he lives on his own,
Big deal! That is one person out of 300,000 in the US. Furthermore, does he have any desire to become a full time university student? I'm sure he doesn't.
It would be very interesting to see a survey done on centenarians around Kyoto to see if any actually have any desire to attend university. It would also be interesting to see a survey done of over 50's who desire to attend university at a 50% discount. Bearing in mind, Kyoto is one of the most expensive universities in Japan.
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