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Posted in: Cannes marks its 75th year in nostalgic form See in context

Look to the Japanese and Koreans for the original movies these days."

Anything outside Hollywood has been original for years.

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Posted in: Kishida vows to help developing nations' COVID response with $5 bil See in context

$5 billion...right, but they have no money and have to cut budgets for the disabled and disadvantaged here Japan. Despicable.

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Posted in: Yoon tells Japanese lawmakers he opposes politicizing historical issues See in context

LDP or not, Japan hasn't used wartime history issues for domestic political purpose has it?

Rofl...hahaha....joke of the day, arigatoo.

Has it ? Like how. Don't be modest."

Fishing are ya? OK, I,ll bite for the fun of it even though you know better than anyone....how long has it been or how long before the summer election will it be until another Kuril or Dokdo islands article pops up in the media here to whip up the conservative vote for LDP? Alongside the ever reliable pre-election rollout of the NK abductee families of course?

Having said that, if Yoon and Kishida can improve the ties it will only benefits both sides. Cheers to that.

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Posted in: Yoon tells Japanese lawmakers he opposes politicizing historical issues See in context

LDP or not, Japan hasn't used wartime history issues for domestic political purpose has it?

Rofl...hahaha....joke of the day, arigatoo.

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Posted in: Shanghai reaffirms zero-COVID policy; WHO says it is not sustainable See in context

Zero covid days have passed...be it in China or anywhere else.

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Posted in: Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines See in context

I am convince these Russian missile guidance system are faulty. Like a shopping centre??? With one of those new super sonic cant find my target ones. Like taking out a shopping centre with a $ 50 million missile. It make no strategic verses dollars value. So It has to be a faulty guidance system or lack of."

Not sure about that...more likely similarcase to the shopping centre that got hit near Kiev in March...later videos have emerged showing Ukranian military vehicles / rocket launchers parked & reloading there when the Russians targeted it. Ukranian TikTok user was arrested for uploading a video that showed the vehicles.

reuters.com/world/europe/russia-says-kyiv-shopping-centre-it-hit-was-storing-ukrainian-rockets-2022-03-21/

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Posted in: Do you think political correctness will be the death of comedy? See in context

Many have already had enough and no longer care or even quite enjoy it if the PC crowd are "offended".

Absolutely.

"Then recanted my favorite war joke.

How many guns do you need for a firefight? Two. One for us to shoot and one for the United States to sell to the enemy so he can shoot back at us.

Silence, you could just hear the tumbleweed in the background. HR went into overdrive."

Good one..;)

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Posted in: Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines See in context

Ukraine said Russian forces fired seven missiles Monday at Odesa, hitting a shopping center and a warehouse in the country's largest port. "

Pretty hard to believe they would just target a random warehouse & shopping centre.... no information what "merchandise " might have been inside from our unbiased mass media of course.

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Posted in: Ideally, Germany and Japan would take leading roles in the defense of democracies in Europe and Asia. There are reasons why this may not happen soon. Some Asians might still hesitate to trust the Japanese. Europeans are less wary of a Germany that has publicly atoned for its murderous past. See in context

As usual , anything on JT that touches on Japan,s wrong doing in WW2 and compares it's " atonement &apology " to Germany guarantees that within 30 minutes you get the uyo posters downvoting everyone and the good ole " what about country XYZ ..whataboutism arguments thrown around...." List atonements if you can, from Western Powers who kept raping entire Asia....."

Yawn...

This poster is so typical sweeper of all other evil deeds under the carpet with "that's whataboutism !" cliché , pretending as if Germany and Japan are the only bad ones."

More of the same going off tangent ? Whoever said that J & G were the only ones? But what is the topic again?...Oh yes, Japan and Germany.........Other countries are irrelevant to this article , ie "whataboutism ".

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Posted in: Japan FY2021 long-term debt hits new high above ¥1,000 tril See in context

The BOJ is a subsidiary of the government," Abe told a gathering on Monday.

Well, he is right on this one....any notion of BOJ under Kuroda as being "independent" is just another example of tatemae windowdressing.

The population crisis is more serious though in my opinion because without young people that debt will never be repaid.

That debt will never be repaid - period, thats a given.

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Posted in: Banning Russian LNG imports tough without supply alternatives: trade minister See in context

Japan's trade minister said Tuesday it would be difficult for the Group of Seven nations to ban Russian liquefied natural gas imports .....But Hagiuda added he does not rule out the possibility of LNG joining the sanction list in the future.

Textbook definition of sitting fence sitting with one leg on each side. But the reality is what it is.

Also on Tuesday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet approved expanded sanctions against Russia...

And when Russia reciprocates the govt will call it "completely unacceptable and unfair " again.....round and round we go.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes extending education subsidies to middle class in Japan See in context

The panel also called for extending financial support to students from households with three or more children.

I'm sure the 2 families in Tokyo with 4 children will be happy.

Exactly.

Kishida and other members advocated the creation of a system to allow postgraduate students needing financial assistance to defer their tuition fees until their salary reaches a certain threshold.

Good to see they are coming up with these radical ideas - my good ole country has had this system for decades , not just for postgrad but undergraduates as well...better late than never I guess.

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Posted in: Ideally, Germany and Japan would take leading roles in the defense of democracies in Europe and Asia. There are reasons why this may not happen soon. Some Asians might still hesitate to trust the Japanese. Europeans are less wary of a Germany that has publicly atoned for its murderous past. See in context

As usual , anything on JT that touches on Japan,s wrong doing in WW2 and compares it's " atonement &apology " to Germany guarantees that within 30 minutes you get the uyo posters downvoting everyone and the good ole " what about country XYZ ..whataboutism arguments thrown around...." List atonements if you can, from Western Powers who kept raping entire Asia....."

Yawn...

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Posted in: As Putin marks Victory Day, his troops make little gains in Ukraine See in context

There is no way the EU and US can keep pumping money, food, supplies and weapons into Ukraine.

They'll be happy to do it for years, it's the cheapest war they'll ever have to not fight. Russia is in a meat grinder of its own making, and will be for years."

Agreed...supplying weapons to Ukraine whilst keeping up the sanctions ( with convenient loopholes of coourse ) is the easiest way for the US/EU to try bring Putin to his knees. Whether that will work in the long term is another story.

Putin again scolded the West for failing to heed Russian demands for security guarantees and a rollback to NATO’s expansion, "

It doesnt justify the Ukraine invasion but it can not be denied that back in 1989 the West promised Gorbachev NATO would not expand east towards Russia,s borders but it has slowly and steadily done exactly that in the decades that followed. That is a fact.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

Japan's government has long struggled with the challenges of a graying population and a declining workforce"

No..Japan,s govt has not " struggled" with it at all. It has dithered and done big fat zero to arrest the decline. Except having a zillion " expert panels" studying the issue ad nausea. This is the Japanese way.

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Posted in: Japan to boost tourism at Ainu culture complex See in context

The Japanese government only recognized the group as an "indigenous people that have their own language, religious and cultural identity" in 2008."

Only in 2008?.....Geez. That speaks volumes.

we can attract the tourist ¥ by celebrating their unique cultural heritage. next.... add them as a UNESCO blah blah blah?"

Good call...can see the UNESCO listing coming up.

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Posted in: Gov't confirms it will start accepting some foreign tourists in June See in context

Just open the border already, no testing, no quarantine, no vaccine requirements, this thing is over.

No can do , first the expert panel no.1673 needs to be convened to study and discuss the definition of a " foreign tourist". Will take 6months at the earliest.

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Posted in: Okinawa seeks Tokyo's help lowering tensions with China See in context

Donald Seekins.....agree with your sentiments.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 41st year to record low See in context

ahhhh Japan. If it’s broke, don’t fix it."

And if its broke...dont fix it either. Just create more expert panels to study and discuss the same issue over and over.

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Posted in: Japan's ENEOS withdraws from Myanmar gas project See in context

since it ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last year.

Japan now suddenly has conscience about human rights for leading business decision?"

Indeed..it's a miracle. Not that Eneos had much choice left after the partners pulled the plug.

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Posted in: Descendants of wartime Korean workers remember their past in new museum See in context

Many of the guards on the railway were Japanese colonial soldiers from Korea or Formosa. Harshly treated by the Japanese, they behaved with particular brutality toward the prisoners in their control"

That maybe true and many Korean guards might have been as brutal as the Japanese ones... but it's truly intriguing why you always try to paint Koreans and other as worse than Japanese. How about owning up to the fact Japanese Imperial Army did a lot of bad things ( to put it mildly ) in Asia even if they had some Korean / Taiwanese guards amongst their ranks. The orders and oversight were the responsibility of IJA upper echelons.

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Posted in: Man arrested for robbery, attempted murder of woman at love hotel See in context

Met on a social network on Friday and had a date " at love hotel on a Saturday....yep..true love.

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Posted in: Investigators raid Hokkaido tour boat company's office after sinking See in context

Timely.

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Posted in: May Day rallies in Europe urge more help as inflation bites See in context

That cop is headbutting a paramedic?...classy

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Posted in: Fukuoka library postpones Soviet film event due to Ukraine invasion See in context

What Russia has been doing in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere has been disgusting, though I know gore and carnage appeal to some in art and life.

Tone it down a little, just because someone wants to listen to Tchaikovsky of watch a ballet or an old movie doesn't make them a bloodthirsty ogre. No one on JT supports slaughter of civilians.

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Posted in: Japan, Vietnam affirm respect for sovereignty See in context

Since the PM leads by example guess we can do away with the masks now.

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Posted in: Fukuoka library postpones Soviet film event due to Ukraine invasion See in context

The postponement comes as Russian works of art have been snubbed across Japan due to the war in Ukraine, particularly performances of 19th-century composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Year 1812,"

This is ridiculous ...so when Iraq was getting blown up based on a fake WMD pretext, did people stop watching Hollywood movies or listening to US music? Keep current regime politics separate from art, music, ballet etc.

Art and politics are on separate dimensions," said Kazuoki Takasu, chief of the library's literature and film section"

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Posted in: Descendants of wartime Korean workers remember their past in new museum See in context

Unbelievable.

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