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Posted in: Abe becomes 2nd-longest-serving Japanese prime minister See in context

He's also the second most corrupt, after PM Tanaka.

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Posted in: Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort See in context

"There won't be a G5+2," one senior G7 diplomat said. If there is, +2 will the the US and Russia...

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Posted in: Some local governments successfully reintegrate 'hikikomori' back into society See in context

You've got to wonder if maybe a small place with a stronger sense of community and a greater need to depend on local people and resources might be a more conducive, less intimidating environment to reintegration than a large, impersonal city. Perhaps some of the people afflicted with this condition might somehow be enticed into work in farming, where the average age is pushing 70.

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Posted in: Trump's 'disloyal' jab may boost base, not Jews See in context

Dogwhistling "Jews will not replace us" is good politics in Trumpistan..

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Posted in: Man arrested in road rage case assaults victim, threatens ‘I'll kill you’ See in context

"I should keep a toy gun in my car..." Try it, and see how quickly you get put in the slam, punk.

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Posted in: Want Tokyo Olympic tickets? No problem if you have ¥6.35 mil See in context

"For the average family right now to head to the Olympics, it's going to be the most expensive in history."

Honestly, what were they expecting in Japan?

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Posted in: Macron expected to raise Carlos Ghosn case with Abe at G7 See in context

"It's almost as if the persecutors are dragging their feet on purpose."

They don't have a case, and it takes time to manufacture one. Endless meetings with the LDP, MoJ, the media...

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Posted in: Macron expected to raise Carlos Ghosn case with Abe at G7 See in context

It's long past time he get involved.

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

There's little intel that SK can't get from the US, or from Japan via the US, and lots of humint on NK and China that Japan will not longer be privy to. Still, a short-sighted move by SK.

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Posted in: Do you support so-called “quota systems” to achieve gender diversity by promoting women to senior leadership positions in companies? See in context

Given that the candidates are equally qualified, women should be promoted ahead of men as a matter of principle to redress centuries of gender discrimination. Men who can't deal with a female boss can lump it.

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Posted in: Trump calls himself 'the chosen one' See in context

You had to know it was only a matter of time. The guy's clearly messianic - or a trifle too satanic...

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Posted in: Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing 'strong economy' See in context

There should be a moratorium on covering anything he says or tweets for at least 24 hours. 80% of the time he either walks it back, or doubles down and exacerbates his original error or lie.

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Posted in: Over 3 mil freelancers in Japan amid rise of flexible working styles See in context

They are feelancing because companies do not want to take on any full time employees until there is an uptick in demand. As long as so many people are working paycheck to paycheck without a safety net, there is little chance that demand will increase. Japan has been caught in this negative spiral since the bubble burst, and it's clear nobody in the government knows how to solve this problem - by raising the minimum wage, cutting taxes for low earners, means testing pension and govt assistance payments, providing tax breaks for companies that hire full time, and taxing profits held offshore by Japanese corporations.

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Posted in: Ramen chain offering 5 free beers for every bowl of ramen you order See in context

Free beer, and free advertising.

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Posted in: Tokyo to get more ambulances to deal with heat during 2020 Olympics See in context

What are they planning to do about traffic? And why do ambulances here obey speed limits? It would be interesting to know how many people fail to reach hospital alive after being driven through traffic to the next hospital designated on the paramedic's list.

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Posted in: Bullet train runs with door open at 280 kph See in context

You'd think there would be some sort of failsafe mechanism to prevent the train running with an open door...

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Posted in: Record 832 foreigners in Japan lose residency status in 2018 See in context

If you overstay or are engaged in something that is not covered by your visa status, the government has the right to revoke your visa. Those involved in sham marriages could also lose their (permanent?) visa status, but some concession needs to be made on humanitarian grounds for the children of such marriages who wish to stay with their Japanese parent.

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Posted in: Starbucks vs two popular Japanese coffee shops: Which gives best value? See in context

You're not paying for the coffee, you're renting space. Which place has the best cost/environment ratio?

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Posted in: Retailers kick off winter sales ahead of 10% consumption tax hike See in context

If you're buying a house or a new car I can see it, but otherwise...It's only 2%.

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Posted in: Ex-education ministry bureaucrat given suspended term for drug use, possession See in context

If only he'd self-medicated with the more toxic but legal substance known as alcohol all would have been well. I think one of the reasons drugs aren't legal here is the fear by the govt of how many people would begin using them, and the threat that would pose to so many of their carefully constructed myths.

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Posted in: Mother of road-rage victim calls for harsher penalties See in context

These folks should be charged with premeditated murder, not with manslaughter.

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Posted in: Mountain hikers warned to protect themselves amid spate of strandings See in context

First rule is to hike with a copacetic partner. Lots safer, lots more fun.

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Posted in: Economists survey: 34% expect a U.S. recession in 2021 See in context

"If the economy goes into recession, it will be Bill Maher's fault. It will be the fake media's fault. Not mine. No way. I don't do fault, responsibility, blame, none of that. Accountability's for losers. Bigly. Soooooo sad."

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Posted in: ¥437.2 bil benefit expected for Rugby World Cup in Japan amid tourism boom See in context

Sounds like a classic case of counting your chickens before they hatch. And "and the creation of 25,000 jobs..."? Likely part-time employment, for the period between Sept 20 and Nov 2.

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Posted in: Yokohama to join bidding race for hosting casino resorts See in context

They also want to see the provenance of any deposit entering the country that is more than 300,000. These regs have nothing to do with money laundering, and everything to do with finding and taxing funds held in foreign accounts.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

Until the law is changed and there are criminal penalties for non-payment, you do not have to pay, and you cannot legally be forced to sign a contract under duress. Passing such a law will render the concept of contract law meaningless in Japan, and it's hard to imagine NHK beginning criminal proceedings for non-payment. Judgements by family courts essentially have no real enforcement mechanism.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy seriously injured after being struck by police car See in context

"We will give thorough instructions to prevent a similar incident from occurring again..." Great to see they're taking this seriously...

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Posted in: Emperor Hirohito stopped by PM Yoshida from expressing remorse over war, documents show See in context

Be interestng to know why NHK, the main propaganda organ of the LDP, has these docs, and how long they've been in their position.

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