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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I've heard foreigners working in Roppongi (like Roppongi Hills) say about the situation for foreigners in Japan: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, blame racism".

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Posted in: Japan's surplus with U.S. up 10% amid trade talks See in context

Can't do away with tariffs on fruit and vegetables, or Abe's rural supporters will be put out of business and he will be gone. US makers could also make stuff that Japanese want. Auto makers are a great example of the failure to make cars Japanese like (unlike Japanese makers in the US). Look at photos of Tokyo in the 50s and 60s. Practically all American cars, and you can see US gas stations. All gone.

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Posted in: U.S. Marines commander asks for quiet mourning on Okinawa See in context

The US military came here afte the war not to protect us, but to ensure Asia that Japan would never try to take over again. Some suggest the problem is that the US military soldiers have no real sense of their purpose here, and that is the root of the problem (especially after the end of the cold war). Probably 99.9999% are good people, but it is the 0.0001% that make all the news.

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Posted in: China says Japan should do more to seek cooperation, not competition See in context

We'll see how long it lasts this time. But in the long run, Japan has to join the Chinese economic sphere. Under Trump's "leadership", the US economic sphere is dying. Be realistic, China is the future.

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Posted in: Salaries are twice as high if they work in Japan. See in context

Salaries are twice as high, but the cost of living may be 10 times as high (based on my experience visiting the Philipines).

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Posted in: Couples in first hearing on same-sex marriage say they are 'not special' See in context

It might happen. A few years ago, Abe's wife rode in a van in the Tokyo Pride parade. That might mean something.

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Posted in: New York Chinese eatery heats up cultural appropriation debate See in context

People used to say that they were "influenced" by other cultures, and other cultures would take pride in how they influenced the world. Now they are accused of "cultural appropriation". I guess we Japanese should go back to wearing kimonos and being samurai. Or were they "appropriated" too? OK, Jomon culture it is!

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Posted in: New women-only gym in Tokyo offers free all-you-can-eat donuts and other sweets to members See in context

Women's gym? I see men in the background.

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Posted in: New women-only gym in Tokyo offers free all-you-can-eat donuts and other sweets to members See in context

Very clever!! That is a way to keep the customers coming back. Thin them down, then fatten them up, repeat.

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

@Dissillusioned If I don't mention I'm gay, everyone will assume I'm straight. Ladies at the office may start showing interest in me (I'm not saying I'm handsome or anything), and that is uncomfortable for me and embarrassing for them when they find out I'm gay. Also, it is important for especially young gays to know that "you are not alone". There is someone you can talk to. That was important for me when I was a teenager.

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

For the first time since the war, publishers of "Pillow Books" (春画), which are books from the middle ages that contain explicit wood block prints teaching how to have sex, have started including the last chapter about same sex, which they would typically include. That must reflect some change in attitude. But I've been out since 16, back in the mid-90s. I could be a class leader. Things weren't so regressive as they are now. Well, I live and work in Shinjuku, where anything goes, so you don't feel it much here. Too bad about this Western influence.

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Posted in: Kim open to another summit with Trump, with conditions See in context

Trump must feel very jaded. After all, at one of his rallies, he said that he and Kim "fell in love".

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Posted in: U.S. seeks quick deal on tariff cuts with Japan See in context

Trump should not have pulled out of the TPP. After all, after the US had joined negotiations, it had been refashioned by American multinationals totally in their interests. US companies could sue Japan if they did not sell enough products. A lot of people in business were surprized that Trump pulled out.

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Posted in: Trump expected to watch sumo on May 26 during Japan visit See in context

@Serrano "box seats located near the first three rows"? There aren't any box seats, just cushions by the ring.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

"suffering from kidney failure" doesn't mean anything unless we know the stage (1 to 5). If it were serious, he'd be getting dialysis everyday. Since he was out and about during his release (however short), this is probably this is stage 1, which just means "be a good boy".

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

Unless they tell us the stage of the "chronic kidney failure", this doesn't really mean anything. But I guess that by using "failure", they are trying to make it sound realy bad.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

"chronic kidney failure"? Then he would be on dialysis everyday. No dialysis, no "chronic kidney failure". Never heard about him getting dialysis.

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Posted in: Ghosn says in video statement he is innocent and a victim of backstabbing See in context

Victim of a conspiracy? Then he should have stopped long ago doing lots of stuff that could be organized into a conspiracy. Like puting his wife and son in charge of paper companies that received tons of Nissan money (used to by a yacht etc). Or sending Nissan's money to relatives for no particular reason. Seems he was overconfident.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

So their heterosexual experience is decreasing. Are there any studies about whether their homosexual experience is increasing in direct proportion? From: totally-gay gokai.

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Posted in: New imperial couple to face heavy burden of tradition See in context

The Emperor system it similar to what is said about the Queen of England. It is not the power she has, but the power that she takes away from evil forces in government. The Emperor has had the same role with his tacit (or explicit?) criticism of Abe's views.

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Posted in: New imperial couple to face heavy burden of tradition See in context

The press has reported that Masako wanted to emulate Princess Diana in her role, and have a positive social impact. However, this was absolutely not allowed by the dictators of the IHA, and this has caused her chronic depression (and a wasted life).

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Posted in: Forever young: Study uncovers protein that keeps skin youthful See in context

I don't really care about my looks. Does this protein also help keep my internal organs functioning youthfully into old age?

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Posted in: Forever young: Study uncovers protein that keeps skin youthful See in context

What foods contain this protein?

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Posted in: In latest shot at Mexico, Trump proposes U.S. penalty for drugs See in context

What if Americans stopped using drugs?

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Posted in: U.S., China leading race for 5G wireless: survey See in context

@RealCDN Huawei has more than 5,500 US patents. It is not behind the US.

Also, according to NHK news this afternoon, Korea has already launched 5G.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

Face it! Carlos Ghosn was treating Nissan as his own private piggy bank, taking 10s of millions of dollars for his private use. He deserves what he gets! All of it!

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

Ghosn has sent hundreds of millions of dollars to his family and overseas "friends" for vague reasons (like buying a boat). This is all money produced by low paid factory workers etc. We need to embrase socialism.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

Just an aside, but does he live in the building shown in the picture? That building was built in the 70s and it is hard to believe a billionaire would live there.

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Posted in: Some see Japanese era system as unnecessary, unsuited for modern age See in context

The problem with the western dating system is that it is easy now, but in a million years you'll have to remember something like "my birthday is April 3, 1,193,552". And the number keeps getting bigger as millions of years pass.

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Posted in: Some see Japanese era system as unnecessary, unsuited for modern age See in context

I just put my bankbook in the ATM, and there was a line saying that from now on, they would be using western dating. So the date on the entry was 2019.

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