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Posted in: 'Sekuhara' has been going on in Japan for decades; is 'me too' changing anything? See in context

"Sexual harassment is ingrained in Japanese society. Nothing will ever change that"

Yeah right, I didn't know that Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton,  Dr. Larry Nasser, Roy Moore and the staffers at Oxfam were Japanese. Did You?

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Posted in: Japan took in 20 asylum seekers in 2017 from nearly 20,000 applications See in context

Here comes the knee jerk reactions! They just come and come!

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows for 8th straight quarter See in context

Ok class let us learn a little economics. Ok?

First:

GDP = C + I + G + (X – M) or GDP = private consumption + gross investment + government investment + government spending + (exports – imports). 

So the following comment is total BS:

 "It is due to cut backs in salaries and benefits in corporations putting their profits up. In other words, the economy is expanding at the expense of the workers, while the corporations fill coffers."

Second,

Japan reports real gnp.

Real GDP is a measurement of economic output that accounts for the effects of inflation or deflation. 

So the following comment is total BS again:

"When the GDP is at or below inflation there is a problem. And the Cabinet Office conveniently left that info out."

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Posted in: Cabinet support rate up to 50%; 53% back pressure on N Korea: poll See in context

"So normal Japanese people will believe abe has the best popularity ever? I have only meet two people who like him, and I have a range of 1500 Japanese."

BS and you know it.

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Posted in: Cabinet support rate up to 50%; 53% back pressure on N Korea: poll See in context

The poll also showed 29.2 percent want Abe to remain prime minister by winning the leadership election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in September.

this should be the title of the very small survey

Someone really needs to brush up on their stats. The average sample size of a political poll is 1000. This poll had two samples:

The survey, covering 731 randomly selected households with eligible voters, as well as 1,127 mobile phone numbers, obtained responses from 502 and 514 people, respectively.

As for the number itself, winners for the party leadership usually get around 33% because there is usually three candidates running in the first round.

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Posted in: Japan's labor crunch leads to tightest job market in 40 years See in context

Can someone work this nonsense out? It seems like they are counting a bonus month.

941,000 yen per month is equivalent

940,875 yen Bull Dinky!

You guys really need some help with your math. It is not that hard.

1st. The 940,875 yen figure is for a salaried household for 2 or more adults . So we divide: 940,875 by 2

The result is 470,437 for each adult in the house (assume only 2 adults in the house.) Now since it is a bonus month, the worker got a one month bonus. So we divide 470437 by 2. The result is 235,218 yen, which is the average monthly salary for a worker in Japan in Dec. 2017. 235218 is .04 higher than it was in Dec 2016, which was 225809.

To sum up the avg wage in Japan for Dec 2017 was 235,218 and Dec 2016 was 225,809.

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Posted in: Japan's labor crunch leads to tightest job market in 40 years See in context

Why cant they just report the annual average income for a married couple? Failing that, the average monthly income?

They do. Go look at the website.

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Posted in: Japan's labor crunch leads to tightest job market in 40 years See in context

These stats are misleading...

BS and you know it

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Posted in: 'Little idols': Japan's dark obsession with young girls See in context

Given what is happening in US gymnastics where over 100 girls were sexual abused and the ongoing Harvey Harvey Weinstein case, and let us not forget the catholic church child abuse case were thousands of child were sexual abused, I don't think anyone has the right to point the finger at Japan.

Do you?????

Here is another story from the the west:

Rotherham(UK) child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

Do you feel sad for the Children in the West? After reading the above?

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Posted in: F-35A stealth fighter deployed in Japan for 1st time See in context

Good Hunting!!! ASDF. I look forward to the first kill by the ASDF.

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Posted in: China, S Korea criticize Japan over museum for disputed islands See in context

What else is new?

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Posted in: No. of foreign workers in Japan hits 1.28 mil See in context

It is interesting that Chinese make up the largest number at  372,263.So much for a rising China.

Further, Japan uses foreign labor like shock absorbers. When the economy is booming which it is doing now Japan imports labor. When the economy goes into a downturn, the foreigners are sent home. It is good policy.

Japan: Contemplation before action.

Germany and the West: Contemplation? What does that mean?

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Posted in: No. of suicides in Japan in 2017 drops for 8th consecutive year See in context

"My opinion is that life is viewed as something to be enjoyed in the west"

yeah right, especially when you are popping pain killers.

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Posted in: No. of recorded crimes in Japan hits record low in 2017, but cybercrime up See in context

I find it interesting that every time that Japan publishes a statistic showing good news that every one writes that the statistic is bogus, But when Japan publishes a statistic showing bad news, every one agrees with the statistic and no one challenges the validity of the statistic. It shows how a lot people feel about Japan.

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Posted in: No. of recorded crimes in Japan hits record low in 2017, but cybercrime up See in context

"The number of foreign residents has increased, foreign tourist numbers are up sharply - and crime overall has decreased. So much for the threat of “foreign crime waves” some politicians have railed about in the past"

This is because the tourist are coming in tour groups and they have to apply for a visa and thus undergo a background check by the Japanese consulate. The same goes for foreigners who are working in Japan. They go thru a background check first by their employer and then by the Japanese consulate. Moreover, they have to reapply every year. Thus, they are kept in line.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate up, but 54% against Constitution revision: poll See in context

I never said it was any better anywhere else.

But you implied that it was worse in Japan than any other country.

"A lot of Diet members won with less than half the votes cast in their constituencies. Any country where that's happening has a broken, unrepresentative system"

Japan uses first past the post election system. Thus you have win the plurality of votes not the majority of the votes. The first past the post system is used by over 50 countries. The UK, Canada, the US all use the first past the post system. Are you saying that all these countries have broken and unrepresentative systems?

By the way Gerrymandering also occurs in most democratic systems not just Japan.

Take a look at the US Senate. California has the same number of votes as Vermont. But California has 40 million people and Vermont has 630,000 people. Is that fair????????????

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Posted in: Bag containing Y20 mil stolen from man on Nagoya street See in context

Gotta love the blame the victim mentality.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate up, but 54% against Constitution revision: poll See in context

"No, a large enough minority of the Japanese people is with Shinzo Abe for him to keep gaming the broken, unrepresentative election system".

The US system..

2016 US election results:

Clinton's final tally came in at 65,844,610, compared to Donald Trump's 62,979,636, with a difference of 2,864,974. but President Trump?

Japan's system

2017 snap election results:

                                                       votes

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 26,719,032

Komeitō (NKP) 832,453

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan 4,852,097

The LDP won the most votes and the leader of the LDP became the PM.

Please tell me which system is broken and unrepresentative????????????????

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate up, but 54% against Constitution revision: poll See in context

The Japanese people are with Shinzo Abe. You will just have to accept it. He has 5 elections in 5 years!

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Posted in: 8 bodies found after boat believed to be from N Korea washes up in Japan See in context

Brian,

They are cremated in Japan and their ashes are kept at shrines until North Korea claims them. Japan usually picks up the cost. A class act by Japan.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate up, but 54% against Constitution revision: poll See in context

All the polls show Abe surging in popularity. Kyodo News, NHK, Yomiuri, even the Asahi Shimbun show the same thing: Abe gaining strength and support with the Japanese people. As for Constitution revision, the polls are are all over the place. The best either side can say is that the Japanese people are undecided. However, given that the Chinese just sent a nuclear power attacked submarine near Okinawa, this will change. The Chinese and the Koreans are the best ad for Constitution revision.

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Posted in: Roughly one in eight of Tokyo’s new adults is foreign-born, study shows See in context

The Japanese economy is booming. That is why there are so many foreigners in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan may invite Putin in 2019 to press isles issue See in context

Gooducktoyou:

From your sources:

Nuclear warheads

Today, Japan's nuclear energy infrastructure makes it capable of constructing nuclear weapons at will. The de-militarization of Japanand the protection of the United States' nuclear umbrella have led to a strong policy of non-weaponization of nuclear technology, but in the face of nuclear weapons testing by North Korea, some politicians and former military officials in Japan are calling for a reversal of this policy.[1][2]

……. Minister of Defense Shigeru Ishiba explicitly backed the idea of Japan maintaining the capability of nuclear latency:

"I don't think Japan needs to possess nuclear weapons, but it's important to maintain our commercial reactors because it would allow us to produce a nuclear warhead in a short amount of time ... It's a tacit nuclear deterrent"[40]

Hence Japan does not have nuclear warheads but has the means to make them.

Right?

ICBMS

“If converted to ballistic missile applications, the M-V would seem likely to give Japan an ICBM roughly equivalent to the MX Peacekeeper, and the J-1 would probably give Japan an ICBM surpassing the performance of a Minuteman III”. 

If converted…..So now Japan does not have ICBMs Right? 

So…

Japan 0 nuclear warheads 0 ICBMS. But the means to make them. Right?

From your sources Right?

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Posted in: Japan may invite Putin in 2019 to press isles issue See in context

Goodlucktoyou,

How does Aegis Ashore and/or Thaad - both of which are defensive in nature- threaten China or Russia or North Korea?

Consider the following facts: China has 478 ICBMS and 260 nuclear warheads. Russia has 528 ICBMS and 1800 nuclear warheads. North Korea has 1,000 ballistic missiles and 20-30 nuclear warheads. Japan has 0 ICBMS and 0 nuclear warheads.

Who is threatening whom????????????????????

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Posted in: Japan may invite Putin in 2019 to press isles issue See in context

"So Abe is installing an American missile system that is a direct threat to Russia"

Abe is installing a defensive missile system that is designed to shoot down missiles heading towards

Japanese cities. Russia has nuclear tipped missiles aimed at Japan as does China and North Korea. You know this goodlucktoyou? Right?

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