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Posted in: Shooter signaled Abe killing in letter to Unification Church critic See in context

And why was this letter not reported to the Police at that time ?

The letter was posted in Okayama the day before Abe was shot and probably reached the person

it was addressed to after the shooting I am sure the person immediately contacted the police but the

police released the info to the media recently.

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Posted in: Tokyo falls to 9th most expensive city for expats due to weak yen See in context

A Bank of Japan survey released July 6 also showed nearly 90 percent of Japanese consumers have felt that prices have risen in the last year -- the highest proportion to say so in 14 years.

Nope, prices started rising immediately the now deceased Abe Shinzo became prime minister with his

buy my Abenomics that continues till date to wreck havoc to the living standards of the public. Either the

bank of Japan was out of touch with reality or the general public was in a deep slumber.

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Posted in: Half of Japanese firms think gov't should do more to curb rising prices See in context

Roughly half of Japanese companies think the government should take more steps to curb the impact of soaring prices as they bear the brunt of higher energy and material costs, partly due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a weaker yen, according to a recent survey by a credit research firm.

An article that says nothing about the orientation of the companies, whether import or export oriented.

It is common sense that if the orientation is 50-50 the outcome will be half as indicated in the article but

in reality the non export reliant companies far outnumber the export related company so the outcome in

the article is skewed deliberately.

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Posted in: Japan digital minister Makishima tests positive for COVID while in U.S. See in context

If she had not travelled and was infected while here in Japan it could have flown under

the radar even when detected.

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Posted in: U.S., allies aim to cap Russian oil prices to hinder invasion See in context

It sounds so simple. I hope it works.

Because it is conceived by genuises. Not

I will help them and cap the use of my car to once a month

and get rid of it completely by the end of the year.

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Posted in: Musk's hyperloop still captivates despite decade of setbacks See in context

Those brain sick psychos…How about first simply trying to deliver something to eat to starving people.

I would say how about improving the accuracy of Car navigation GPS. Most of the time my intuition has been better than the car navigator that makes me drive around in circles or leads me to the highway when the destination is just a few hundred meters away.

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Posted in: Wholesale prices in Japan jump 9.2% as imports see record surge See in context

Before the election they were talking about just above 2%, now suddenly its 10!

Servant media talking about bananas rising prices instead of really investigating and reporting in a timely manner the whole picture!


Take into consideration the reduction in sizes or length of many stuff which in effect is price increase

in disguise and the real increase is far higher than what is quoted in this article.

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Posted in: Global talent, Korean-trained: K-pop's new recipe for world music domination See in context

Where K-pop bands used to want to come to Japan to break big into the scene, now you have Japanese youth desperate to go to South Korea to learn to sing and dance in groups and make it big.

Japanese youth are going even to Thailand, that says alot where Japanese music is presently.

Unfortunately the Japanese music industry and media still don't smell the coffee and continue to sell

mediocrity unfortunately for them the Koreans are like a benchmark and the gulf in everything so glaring

they can't make it out of Japan.

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Posted in: Japan reports 94,493 coronavirus cases See in context

Never ending story.

Begining to sound like a broken record.

I can barely eat a decent meal let alone fruits, veggies and meat

Driving my family to an amusement park has become an elusive dream.

Corona is the least of my concern doesn't mean I don't take precaution.

My biggest concern is the rising cost of necessities and income that is in free fall

as it is going to kill me before corona

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model See in context

A friend of mine was hit with a 10M JPY penalty for the same thing, which she was forced to sign when she was 14. Now she is over 20 but still paying off that debt because there was a 10% / month interest on it. There's nothing the police or the Japanese justice system willing to help with those kind of cases.

Unbelievable, common sense not so common. How can everybody around be so dumb

as to know she can't be forced to pay for something she signed when she was a minor.

How is it even possible.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

I don’t see many women in Japan protesting about wanting change.

Have you seen people going out in large numbers protesting for anything ?

even if it affects their livelihood.

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Posted in: Ex-TEPCO execs ordered to pay ¥13 tril in damages over Fukushima crisis See in context

This U.S type of damage award is a like a tsunami, at first I thought it was a typo but looking at the large

placard I realized it was true, it is just unbelievable that the judge rewarded 13 trillion and not 13 billion, hope

this is the beginning of decent damages being awarded to plaintiffs especially when the ruling is against J-companies.

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Posted in: France tops World Rugby rankings for first time See in context

No mention of the ranking of waga Nippon full of mercenaries.

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Posted in: Japan in 7th coronavirus wave, but no restrictions needed: Omi See in context

countries that took the pandemic seriously Japan Australia NZ, Singapore Korea etc

all average around 240~400 deaths per million. Sweden 1800/million. you can say whatever you want, but it really sucks when the actual statistics prove you wrong and hurt your feelings

Missing from those statistics are those that died of poverty, suicide due to debt, business

failure etc resulting from the tough measures or lack of financial relief. What difference does it make dying

from covid or from poverty. At the going rate more people will die from poverty than from Covid-19.

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Posted in: Japan honors Abe with highest decoration; wake held in Tokyo See in context

The Japanese government on Monday honored former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was gunned down Friday in the western city of Nara, with the Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, the nation's highest decoration.

Like it will make *Abe's family happy receiving this highest decoration knowing he would be

alive if he was accorded proper security.

The government, the LDP, his faction and the numerous companies that benefited from Abe's

rein couldn't honor him by flying his remains from Osaka to Tokyo. Instead they allowed the

grieving Mrs Abe to endure 12 hours driving the corpse to Tokyo from Nara without any police

escort. 12 hours sitting there just with the driver, no conversation, nobody to console her, how agonizing.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders welcome ruling bloc's election success See in context

We take this election result as the people choosing stability and we welcome the results," Sakurada, who represents the organization also known as Keizai Doyukai, said in a statement.

If falling wages, higher prices of foodstuff, goods and energy is Stability then I don't know what Stability means

Well bringing in more Vietnamese robots to cheaply deploy in convienience store, farms and factories is sure


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Posted in: LDP scores big victory in upper house election See in context

What do you think will happen, Imagine you had a job that you are not held accountable for anything,

you are not questioned, you don't need to report to anybody, you are not expected to perform, all you

need to do is once in a while make new promises that you won't have to keep. Even when you create untold losses your job is still secure. As expected most people won't bother to work, it is human nature. You can join the pathetic T.V and blame the opposition all you want how about the T.V doing their Job and pointing out LDP policies and promises that were never kept so that the apathetic public is atleast educated. Strange that the ruling party is never held responsible for anything at all meanwhile alot is demanded of the opposition that hasn't the means to execute any policy. In normal life, the opposition will have the benefit of doubt while the ruling party will be judged on their performance. Well You Reap What You Sow or as the saying goes As You Make Your Bed So Shall You lie On it.

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Posted in: Wheelchair tennis champ See in context

Was it on Japanese TV? I doubt it. Can't watch the women's Euros in Japan, not even on Dazn, I think this is the only Asian country you can't see it from.

Why should they show women's euro when there is no Japanese taking part in it ?. If you

want it screened in or even mentioned in passing here in Japan then the nadeshiko need

to be invited to participate as guest.

Not surprising at all considering that all the TV channels allocate more time reporting on Otani's every

single pitch, at bat or avid American fans than the 12 domestic pro baseball team matches combined.

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Posted in: Unification Church says Abe shooter's mother is follower See in context

So now the Moonies self-identify. What is up with the self-imposed bashfulness in the Japanese newsmedia with some nebulous "religious organization"? Why are they so reluctant to use the name?

It is what you get when a comedy company Yoshimoto and a boy-band-group company Johnnies with zero

journalistic knowledge are in charge of TV programs.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka president, PM to resign after tumultuous protests See in context

It doesn't sound good at all. Calling the vulture called IMF will only

increase the pain and anguish of the Sri Lanka people.

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Posted in: Japanese tech titans looking for Indian solution to talent crunch See in context

E-commerce giant Rakuten Group Inc also employs many Indians. An official said that of the 20 percent foreign staff at its Japan offices, around 1,000 hail from India.

Even with the 1,000 indians their website is worst than a maze. It makes no difference

if the foreign talents are forced to work like robots that is do as they are told, their

talents will never be manifested. Mercari and Yahoo marketplace their systems are not

any better.

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Posted in: Police guard Abe's home See in context

Selling after the market.

They are more vigilant when it comes to checking for cars

making the wrong turn than guarding a former PM.

What a shame. Till date I have not heard any discussion or explanation

why even with an heli it took 50 minutes to ferry Mr. Abe to the hospital.

It is an emergency if it means stopping traffic on a highway to allow the heli

land or have it land on an elementary school ground it had to be done to save

because every second counts and can make a big difference.

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc set to win majority of contested upper house seats See in context

Japan ruling bloc set to win majority of contested upper house seats

Even my 14 year old son knows that.

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

Abe died from blood loss, the police said, with an autopsy determining that there were two gunshot wounds on his upper left arm and neck. There was another neck wound, but it is unknown how that was caused, they said.

Died from the loss of blood but the very important piece of information that Abe was rushed to the hospital

50 minutes after he was shot is missing from the article. Nobody is asking the question why it took that long

to ferry him to the hospital by heli. Maybe he would have survived if he had been rushed to the hospital. I am sure alot of protocol and clearance had to be fulfilled before the heli flew. The manual has to be always followed even in emergency situations.

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

Lots of indications that the "religious group" may well be the Unification Church aka "Family Federation for World Peace and Unity", known for it's rightist stance.

Quite infamous for it's strong hand tactics in aggressive fundraising.

Soka gakkai are also known for strong hand tactics and aggressive fundraising

Members are brainwashed and donate their entire bonus, members have several subscriptions

of the seikyo newspaper, buy Several copies of Ikeda Sensei books, made to buy butsudan

costing millions. Sola Gakkai is very rich with properties in prime locations. The money comes from

members donation and expensive purchases. I remember when I was a student I was asked to donate

and there was a minimum amount and if I am not mistaken it was 20,000yen and that was more than

30 years ago. If they can ask a student to pay 20,000 yen imagine what a worker will have to pay.

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

No surprise with the ruling, any case between a foreigner and Japanese most of the

time go against the foreigner regardless of the evidence presented.

It is not limited to courts, but even in Japanese marketplaces the ruling will be against

you the foreigner even when it is clear as night and day that the Japanese is being

dishonest. It has happened to me as a seller and as a buyer and I don't expect things

to change anytime soon.

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Posted in: Shooting of Abe stuns nation known for gun control See in context

Won’t matter one bit. This guy killed Abe with a homemade shotgun. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If a person wants to desperately kill someone regardless of what the law is, methodical people will go to any lengths like this guy did and exploit all of Japanese weaknesses.


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Posted in: Before fatal shooting, Abe was up close with the crowd See in context

The popular belief is that, Japan changed PM so often it was untenable to provide full security to all of them for life as in places like the USA.

It is a shame gangster bosses get free security from the police funded by tax payers than former

pms. It is not a made up story but fact. There is a gangster boss living in Tamatsu Kobe not far from

Akashi kenritsu shimin hospital and there is always a police a car infront of the boss house providing


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Posted in: Before fatal shooting, Abe was up close with the crowd See in context

They declined to say if security had been lax.

They declined because they know it was lax. All the security guys were

facing the same direction as Abe, If any was backing him the assailant won't have

been able to cross the road and get close to Abe to get a good shot. There are a lot

of questions that need to be asked unfortunately there will be no questions and it will

be repeat and rinse. It took 50 mins for the heli to get Abe to the hospital, why did it

take so long, nobody is asking that question. Akie reached Nara just some minutes before

the husband was declared death, it took her more than 5 hours. I guess she travelled by

Shinkansen, we are talking of a former PM, not just any PM, the longest serving PM and

there is no private jet to fly her to Osaka. Thirdly, Abe's remains accompanied by the wife

is being transported by road from Nara to Shibuya without any police escort, can the gov't,

the LDP or some rich individual not arrange to fly the remains. I am really disappointed at the

extremely low standards and lack of class.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

A very sad day indeed, There was total lack of security maybe based on the assumption

that Japan is safe. Unbelievable that there were no SPs watching Abe's back. Instead of doing their

job they were probably facing the crowd and listening to Abe's speech and clapping.

Hope this acts as an eye opener that Japan is not as safe as people have been made to believe.

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