Ercan Arisoy comments

Posted in: Russian ambassador to Japan to leave post See in context

Renowned for his excellent Japanese skills even among Russian diplomats who are experts on Japan

No surprise, Russians are very good at learning new languages and they have excellent apps for learning/practicing Kanjis. I'm writing this as someone who still ask how such a culture turned to war and invasion of Ukraine, when they had so much to share with the world with all their cultural background. Really, still asking this question very sincerely.

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Posted in: Tokyo inflation hits 40-year high in October, on energy, feeble yen See in context

Can-we now say that one of the most expensive cities of the world, Tokyo, is steadily becoming even more expensive? Indeed, quite difficult for anybody trying to make a living here.

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Posted in: Japan, Finland pledge unity against Russia over Ukraine war See in context

Countries like Finland are getting accustomed to Japanese diplomacy -probably for the first time. Quite interesting developments and new experiences that would contribute shaping the near future in democratic world.

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Posted in: Asian shares sharply lower after wobbly day on Wall Street See in context

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index sank 2.1% to 26,020.56

Here's the one that I follow carefully. Very fragile indeed before what's happening in New York or London.

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Posted in: N Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles on eve of Harris trip to Seoul See in context

Kim Jong Un urgently needs a partner to go further. Putin is simply too much for him. Then, all that he can is such extravagant shows supposedly with some symbolic significance.

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Posted in: Autonomous beverage and snack car now testing in Chiba See in context

Once I encountered a talking vending machine, greeting you with a very funny voice. Such details are important and one now expects this kind of innovative nuances in all big cities.

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Posted in: Japan gov't panel to propose another record minimum-wage hike See in context

This winter will be a little difficult not only in Japan but also everywhere, so we'd better get ready with wage increases and all other support measures for working people.

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Posted in: Hot dogs - and cats - get wearable fans to beat Japan's scorching summer See in context

Right kind of diet is also needed, I believe. I'm not suggesting 'water-fasting' yet a very modest diet would also help the species with no sweat glands on their body. Namely, lots and lots of water and simple things easy to digest would be meaningful.

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Posted in: Japanese government urges businesses to raise wages on par with price hikes See in context

Clearly enough, Ukraine crisis and its implications related to oil and gas, has changed the plans of many countries. Germany, for instance, had decided too early and now, doesn't know how to face the coming winter with an unreliable business partner like Russian Federation. And this issue is so important that it can even influence the fate of Ukrainian war.

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Posted in: Kishida says restrictions unnecessary despite record COVID-19 cases See in context

That's the real difference between Japan and China. At a point, Japanese people take full responsibility of the risks and start acting with a respectable self-discipline. Very good, very accurate attitude against new waves of pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan to give 92.9 bil. yen subsidy to Kioxia-Western Digital chip plant See in context

Semiconductors are vital, we understood this during the Pandemic years. Why really importing them when one can manufacture at home with relatively acceptable investment costs?

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Posted in: Japan defense minister had help from Unification Church in elections See in context

Honesty will lead all of us in the right direction. Noone knew such relations would bring tragic consequences.

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Posted in: World's first bioplastic vinyl record launched in UK See in context

Interesting combination of the old and the new -when there's a small but stable vinyl disc market in Europe.

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Posted in: Facebook gives users new way to see all their friends' posts See in context

Facebook made lots of money with political advertisings and according to some, its algorithms turned simply manipulative in many countries. This wasn't ethical at all.

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Posted in: Europe burns as heatwave breaks temperature records See in context

Hopefully, those who didn't care about environmental forecasts are now ready to face the matter a little more sincerely.

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Posted in: 2.5 seconds: The security lapses that sealed Shinzo Abe's fate See in context

Abe's killing in the western city of Nara by a man using a homemade weapon shocked a nation where gun violence is rare and politicians campaign up close to the public with light security.

It should have been really tragic for citizens of Nara. Meeting face-to-face great names of politics like Abe Shinzo in such campaigns was traditionally one of the most pleasant things about elections in Japan. People liked these informal gatherings so much.

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Posted in: Rattled and uncertain of its future, Twitter stumbles on See in context

Mr. Musk has an intuitive talent to stay popular. Were all those news part of one of his impromptu advertising campaigns ?

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Posted in: Why Abe is much more highly praised abroad than in Japan See in context

We will remember him with that compassionate smile that tells so much to ordinary people like me. He certainly knew far more than he can verbalise, he was a wiseman.

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

"A barbaric act like this is absolutely unforgivable, no matter what the reasons are, and we condemn it strongly,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said"

Violence for the sake of violence. Really, why?

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Posted in: Say sayonara to oily eggplants in the frying pan with Japanese farmer’s healthy lifehack See in context

Salt is not only table salt, it can have surprising effects in cooking, cleaning and so on. And it's not expensive.

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Posted in: BOJ buys record ¥16.20 tril in gov't bonds in June See in context

Mr. Kuroda is inevitably prudent than ever.

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Posted in: Inflation to nuclear power: What's at stake in Japan's election See in context

LDP has won the confidence of most people throughout years. Young generations want some change. Yet, Japan will vote most probably in favour of stability in such difficult international circumstances.

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Posted in: Visionary British theater director Peter Brook dies at 97 See in context

Agreed, the TV presentation of Mr. Brook’s Mahabharata was essential viewing in our house. We still have and listen to the soundtrack CD. A brilliant man, a shining career

Thank you, BigYen

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Posted in: Range extenders: Solar panels provide more juice to EVs See in context

Sustainable cars, within a couple of decades, is now feasible, İ suppose?

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Posted in: Visionary British theater director Peter Brook dies at 97 See in context

He'll remain a legendary name forever. His Mahabharata interpretation right after Vietnam war is still remembered with admiration. Let his soul stay in Light.

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Posted in: Sony’s wearable air conditioners selling like cold cakes in heat-stricken Japan See in context

Now, here's somthing like Walkman, congratulations for this genial idea from Sony!

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Posted in: North Korea slams U.S.-South Korea-Japan military cooperation See in context

No surprise, maybe an alliance similar to Nato is about to be born in East Sea?

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Posted in: Disclosure of employees' birthrate sparks blowback at Japanese firm See in context

The company's disclosure comes when the government is trying to reverse the long-term trend of population decline in Japan

Business life in big cities like Tokyo is very stressful. Most people naturally prefer to postpone parenting that is often perceived as a full-time job requiring great responsibility. Why having children if one is not sure that he'll become a decent parent?

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Posted in: Japan begins 3-month energy-saving period to conserve electricity See in context

I never really trusted air-conditioning as used today in most offices and hotel rooms. I even think that's very unhealthy because of the enormous difference of temperature/humidity levels with outside environment. We can easily make without such artificial and unnatural ways of coping with summer conditions.

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Posted in: Netflix 'actively' working on ad-supported subscription See in context

They feel that they have to do their best against Disney and Amazon Prime's impressive advertising campaigns.

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