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Posted in: Gov't to strengthen functioning of food banks in Japan See in context

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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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

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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Posted in: Suicides in Japan hit record low in 2019; down for 10th year in row See in context

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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Posted in: Kono says SDF mission to Mideast in Japan's self-interest as crude oil importer See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's Nov current account surplus rises 75% on falling energy prices See in context

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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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

Good for them. A great opportunity to dress up in beautiful Japanese kimono. Congratulations to them all - long may this unique tradition last!

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Posted in: Are you optimistic for the Japanese economy this year? See in context

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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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist sues gov't over passport denial See in context

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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Posted in: Taiwan's pro-Japan young people back Tsai's re-election See in context

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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Posted in: Olympic Games must connect with gamers to keep relevant: Bach See in context

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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Posted in: Soaring SUV sales keep carmakers on collision course with climate policy See in context

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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Posted in: Taiwan’s leader reelected as voters back tough China stance See in context

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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Posted in: 2 SDF planes leave for Middle East on intel-gathering mission See in context

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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Posted in: Ghosn case adds to Nissan's financial problems See in context

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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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

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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Posted in: Man admits to charges in knife incident at Prince Hisahito's school See in context

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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Posted in: Philippines lifts curbs on Japanese food imports See in context

Unbelievable that it took 9 years to lift this ban. They must have amazingly strict food safety laws in the Philippines.

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Posted in: Abe to visit Middle East as planned after tensions ease See in context

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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Posted in: S Korean court rejects wartime labor claims from 54 plaintiffs See in context

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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Posted in: Cram school teacher arrested for attaching dog collars to young student See in context

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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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend found guilty of forcing 8-year-old daughter to take cold bath See in context

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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Posted in: Man accused of killing 19 disabled people disrupts trial See in context

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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Posted in: Trial opens for man accused of killing 19 at home for disabled See in context

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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Posted in: More details emerge on Ghosn's escape from Japan See in context

Rowan Atkinson would be perfect to play Ghosn.

I agree. Ghosn looks like a twin of Mr Bean! But what he did isn't funny like Bean.

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Posted in: 74-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run in Yokohama See in context

Life in prison for the coward scum who did this would be appropriate.

Rest in Peace to the poor lady.

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Posted in: Putin one of Japan’s most popular calendar subjects See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese woman turns 117, extending record as world's oldest person See in context

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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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

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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Posted in: Turkey detains 7, including 4 pilots over Ghosn's escape through Istanbul See in context

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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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

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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