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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

What a stupid law. They've really outdone themselves this time.

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Posted in: Competition for talent forces Japanese firms to revamp recruiting process See in context

"The current system "doesn't fit with the times..." is true on so many levels in both business and education that it's hard to know where to begin...

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Posted in: On staff following orders, Trump says: 'Nobody disobeys me' See in context

A compelling case for congressional action:


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Posted in: On staff following orders, Trump says: 'Nobody disobeys me' See in context

If they hadn't ignored him, we'd be rid of him. They should have followed orders.

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Posted in: 17-year-old motorcyclist escapes from police despite being handcuffed; turns himself in later See in context

I've never heard of anyone being arrested for a traffic offense other than drunk driving.

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Posted in: Japan looks to fight gambling addiction ahead of casino openings See in context

Why don't they simply not open any casinos, if they're so worried about the risks? Is it for the same reason that they allow tobacco and alcohol sales - tax revenue?

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Posted in: Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report See in context

Charles Blow of NYT makes a compelling case for impeachment, separating it from removal from office:


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Posted in: FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico See in context

"There were good people on both sides..."

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Posted in: Valley of the dolls: Scarecrows outnumber people in Tokushima village See in context

Ever been to the Noto Peninsula? These guys are everywhere.

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Posted in: How to vote in elections in your home country if you live in Japan See in context

If you are a US citizen, you must be registered to vote in a US state. If you miss jury duty, or fail to vote in 2 successive elections, you will be purged from the voter rolls in some states. You may also find that you have to pay state income tax on foreign earned income to vote, as no state I'm aware of allows you to deduct it. If you are a US expat, expect to lose your right to vote at some point. No representation without taxation seems to be the new paradigm.

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Posted in: Lead singer of pop group AAA arrested over assault See in context

AAA (トリプル・エー Toripuru Ē, Triple A; a backronym for Attack All Around)

If the shoe fits...

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Posted in: Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report See in context

His legacy deserves no less than impeachment, and it'll give him ample opportunity to play the victim, his favorite role. I'd rather they found something that would give him a coronary or a stroke so he could be removed under the 25th Amendment, personally.

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Posted in: Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for businesses See in context

Kenzo Watanabe and his fiancée Chiharu Yanagihara paid just 48,000 yen for an all-inclusive wedding ceremony that normally would cost nearly 70,000 yen. Ceremony only? Separate reception? And how is offering a 35% discount a big opportunity for business?

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Posted in: How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rules See in context

The govt "declared ketchup a vegetable" under Reagan, not Bush. Done for the purpose of reducing the cost and nutritional value of school lunches served to students unable to afford them.


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Posted in: Giants See in context

This country has the ugliest public art outside the old Soviet bloc.

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Posted in: Japanese muscle man group offers to carry you and lend their strength to summer festivals See in context

...gotta love the homo-erotic subtext...

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Posted in: 77% of Japanese firms say foreign workers not discriminated in pay See in context

"One quarter of Japanese companies admit to nationality-based wage discrimination"

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Posted in: Mueller paints a damning portrait of Trump See in context

Trump painted this self-portrait over his entire life. Mueller simply framed and mounted if for everyone to see.

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Posted in: 5 members of Bad Lobster biker group arrested See in context

Why don't the cops ever go after adult bosozoku on real bikes?

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

The reason for Abe's endorsement of granting unskilled NJ workers visas has just become much clearer. I guess any future case for reparations will go like it did for the women of Korea - "they volunteered, and they knew what they were signing up for..."

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Posted in: Man threatens police officer in 'koban' with box cutter knife; demands handgun See in context

Never take a box cutter to a gun fight...

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Posted in: Woman, 3-year-old daughter killed, 8 others injured after car, garbage truck collide in Tokyo See in context

This guy needs to be put in prison for the rest of his life. We need manditory annual license renewals from age 65, and they should include a driving test, a sight test and a test of reaction times.

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Posted in: Japanese police officer gets pay cut for using dating app to see several men See in context

Why is what she does on her personal time anyone's business but her own, and why would she tell her supervisor, of all people? And why, if this is an ethics violation, is racial profiling not "ethically problematic as a police officer"?

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Posted in: Ghosn to be indicted on new charge on Monday See in context

Hostage justice will prevail. He will be re-arrested on bogus charges as many times as the prosecutors like, they - like justice in this country - are beyond reach. The world is watching, and they couldn't care less.

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Posted in: Hatred of journalists turning to violence, watchdog warns See in context

Goes hand in hand with the rise of authoritarian governments worldwide. No would-be potentate wants to be confronted with facts, whether by accredited journalists or their imitators like Assange.

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Posted in: 'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out See in context

Predictable response, and wrong as usual. One might say that every day he isn't behind bars is a good day for him.

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Posted in: Kim, returning to military optics, turns up heat See in context

Interesting Economist article on regional threats and Japan's re-militarization:

https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/04/20/japans-self-defence-forces-are-beginning-to-focus-on-china cid1=cust/dailypicks/n/bl/n/20190418n/owned/n/n/dailypicks/n/n/AP/229644/n

Abe and Co seem not to realize that they have already lost the broader battles in this war: economic strength and the ability to project political and economic power, even as they change Japan's defense posture to that of an aggressor rather than a defender by purchasing more US-made weaposns systems.

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Posted in: Trump: World's greatest expert on... almost everything See in context

"Trump is the perfect example of a men too ignorant to know how ignorant he is." It's known to psychologists as the Dunning Kruger Effect.

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Posted in: Trump: World's greatest expert on... almost everything See in context

He's a congenital, pathological liar, and an affront to integrity, intelligence, decency and morals. On a good day.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

WAPO's take:


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