Good for them. This seems a pro-active idea by Japan, hopefully it will mean no children will go without 3 meals a day.
Japan GDP per capita has been growing .705% annually. Japanese people are getting richer not poorer.
@ Sumiko Nagoya - Yes - the Japanese economy has been doing well the past decade, but there are sadly some people who slip between the cracks that need help. It is good Japan is helping them.
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All PM Abe wishes to do is change ONE paragraph of Article 9. The purpose being, to protect Japan from massive and growing threats in the region. It is unfair that Japan cannot legallly have an Army, Navy or Air Force to defend herself or her Allies if they come under attack. Why is this so hard for some people to understand?
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Excellent news. Most suicides are middle aged men, so the upbeat economy, booming stockmarket, and record low unemployment rate surely is the primary reason for this welcome drop in the figure.
To be honest though, even 1 suicide is too many. Lets keep improving.
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Minister Kono is 100% correct. It would be reckless for the Japanese Govt NOT to send Naval vessels to protect Japanese ships and the many Japanese sailors in this unbelievably dangerous region, which is now on the brink of all out war.
It is a Defense mission, Japan will absolutely not be waging war upon Iran, which is an excellent and close friend.
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Excellent news. The increasing huge Current Account Surplus essentially indicates Japan is more than paying her way, and the economy looks in good health.
Watch that yen appreciate due to "safe haven status" becoming even safer. And watch the surplus soar with the massive tourist influx in 2020!
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Construction, retail, tourism and employment will all see a big boost due to the Olympics. Wages should see a big boost due to falling unemployment, which could hit just 1% by the Olympics.
The key will be continuing the big momentum into 2021.
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this is the denial of one of the most basic freedoms - the freedom to leave a country.
Actually, there is no right to have a passport. It is granted by the government as they see fit. A passport always remains the property of the issuing nation.
In this instance I can understand the Japanese Foreign Ministries decision. They have spent an absolute fortune of taxpayers money on this guy, and dont wish to spend millions more on him.
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they were taught at school about the Japanese empire's colonization and aggression before the end of World War II in a neutral manner, unlike their Korean and Chinese counterparts.
This fact is the key. Unlike the brainwashed Koreans and Communist Chinese, the Taiwanese youth have been taught about their history in a balanced way. They know that there were problems with the Japanese occupation (almost a century ago) but the Japanese have brought so much modernization and democratization to Taiwan that on balance it is positive.
It is no wonder the youth of The Republic of China (Taiwan) love Japan, and all things Japanese, and despise communism and mainland China.
The UN should recognize the Independent nation of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Communist China will never defeat the Republic of China.
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The day that nerds sitting on a sofa, glued a screen playing games becomes an Olympic event, is the day I quit watching the Olympics forever.
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Whilst I dont like driving SUVs, I understand their appeal, with ever-expanding families all around the world. You cant fit a family of 7 in a compact car or sedan that for sure. The key is to buy eco SUVs - hybrid ones and, in the next couple of years, all-electric SUVs.
Sadly, the sedan will no longer exist in 5 years, except for a handful of niche models.
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Well done, Taiwan! Just like the citizens of Hong Kong, Taiwanese have stood up to the bully chinese, and overwhelmingly chosen freedom and democracy over communism.
Next up I hope - USA and Japan to recognize Taiwan as an independent, sovereign nation.
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Really nice scenes. Good luck and God Speed to the MSDF in their role. Hopefully also bringing peace to the Middle East by being respected friends of all warring parties.
I suspect the South Korean government will be livid seeing rhis photo! Too bad. They are official Japanese flags being waved.
Have to ask why a Self Defence Force is going half way around the world?
To defend Japan and Japanese. Its pretty straightforward, no?
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Start making cars that are exciting and people want, and things would turn around. For example, Nissan should be mass producing a lot more of their best car, the GTR. An all electric GTR, for example, at a very reasonable price, would be hugely popular. A High performance Hybrid SUV based on the LEAF would sell very well too.
Customers arent shunning Nissan because of the personalities of the board, its because the cars arent that good and havent been for a decade.
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Phenomenonal. When I first came to Japan in the early 2000s there were around 4 million tourists/year. I was one of the first! What the Japanese government has done to boost tourism, build facilities and accomodation, and promote Japan around the world is amazing.
At this rate of growth, Japan should challenge France as the World's most popular destination some time in the 2030s. Aim for 60 million by 2030.
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This sicko intended to stab and likely kill a child, had weapons and had planned well to carry out the act. 18 months in prison is a complete joke. 20 years would be more appropriate.
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If anyone can mediate between Iran and Trump, and stop them from an almost imminent war, PM Abe is probably the best chance. He is a great friend to both.
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An appeal is just around the corner, and the plaintiffs will win. 100%. Make no mistake. Moon wants more political leverage - and money - out of Japan.
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Another sick and depraved individual who should never be allowed within 100 meters of any child. Let alone teach them. I would absolutely understand it if the father of the poor abused child tracked the teacher down at the school and knocked him senseless.
Please, lock this Ito animal up for 15 years non-parole.
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The so called "parents" are absolute scum of the earth, particularly the mother. Slap over the wrist for both. The so called mother should be sterilized. It is to be expected these two evil child abusers never have any further contact with the poor girl for the rest of their lives.
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I have no doubt this animal will be hung from his neck. And Japan will be a better place for it, no tears will be shed when it happens.
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I hope the evil killer is executed. It wont bring all the innocent victims back, but there will be a little justice for the families.
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Life in prison for the coward scum who did this would be appropriate.
Rest in Peace to the poor lady.
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Putin is a very popular figure in Japan, thats for sure. Likewise Trump. Many Japanese like and respect a "strongman leader". I wouldnt Putin on my wall, however.
It will be interesting to see if Tokyu Hands also start selling Kim Jong Un Calendars.
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Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Amazing achievement. A great advertisement for the Japanese diet, and the Japanese lifestye (lots of exercise, having hobbies, keeping active after retirement etc)
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My salary increased by approximately 25 percent. Stocks went up, as did almost all in Japan. Yes, 2019 was a brilliant year financially. In 2020, investing in Japan is the place to make money.
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Unless Ghosn is returned to Japan to face his trial, the Ambassador from Lebanon will be summoned in Tokyo, and there will be no more foreign aid from Japan to Lebanon. The ball is now in the court of the Lebanon government.
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I remember clearly, a few posters on JT were stating months ago that, should Ghosn be granted bail, he would skip the country.
They were shouted down and told it would be "impossible" to get out of Japan, that they had been "watching too many James Bond films", etc. Well, they know who they are, and how wrong they were!
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