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Posted in: The decline in births is happening faster than official projections had envisioned, due to a shrinking pool of women of childbearing age. The children of baby-boomers are reaching their late 40s, which is causing a radical drop in births. See in context

Politicians are too old to understand the situation of young people now. Low wages, job instability (since Koizumi revised labor laws - no more lifetime employment) etc etc etc do not encourage or enable young people to make the long-term commitments necessary to raise a family.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

@ zichi, You don't pay any taxes as long as your income is under the basic deduction, which now is 90,000 dollars. The US guys make rather more than that, so even after the deductions (like Japanese taxes), they are still stuck with several thousands of dollars in US taxes. Naomi Osaka will have to pay Japanese taxes even if her income is made abroad, but it still may be a better deal.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Maybe there is a tax angle in Osaka's decision. US guys at the office are always complaining about the hoops they have to jump through to pay US taxes, which are sometimes heavy. But personally, I think she is sincere and just wants to be Japanese. Welcome!

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Posted in: Man arrested over stabbing incident outside train station in Tokyo See in context

Well, first of all, why was the victim making fun of the guys mannerisms? The victim doesn't sound too bright.

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Posted in: Super typhoon on track to drench Japan's main island See in context

You have to get used to the new "new". Global warming predicts more frequent, more powerful, and more rainy typhoons. More heat means more activity (frequent), more energy (powerful), and more moisture absorbtion (rainy).

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Posted in: 'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship See in context

"Band in China"

I know this should be "banned in China", but with "band in China", I don't get the joke. Can someone explain this?

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Posted in: Trump escalates impeachment fight, barring envoy's testimony See in context

To what extent will the breakdown in the US political system begin to affect everyday life in the US? I just returned from the US, and daily life seems normal. People were shopping, eating out, working, etc. as normal. I was in California.

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Posted in: What’s the best part of Tokyo to live in, and why? Survey gives the top six picks See in context

Shinjuku has all of these qualities and many many more. But I'm glad it is not listed. It is already crowded enough, and I wish it was less popular.

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Posted in: Where U.S.-Japan trade deal falls short of TPP pact See in context

U.S. automakers argue that most American cars are kept out by environmental and safety regulations

This means: "Get your American cars! They will polute your environment and are not safe to drive, but they are really really cheap!"

There are European cars all over Japan (more than 350,000 sold yearly now). Why can't the US automakers compete? Ford pulled out of Japan last year.

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Posted in: Winning streak See in context

Is that legal in Japan?

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Maybe she is the only person in the administration not stained by scandal or migth suddenly have to appear before the impeachment investigation.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

The best thing is to have ambulances stationed at every street corner during the Olympics.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric gift scandal widens to non-nuclear officials See in context

Just curious, but why is there a gay rainbow flag at the left in the picture?

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Posted in: U.S. trade deficit widened in August to $54.9 billion See in context

Please don't tell Mr. Trump!

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Posted in: Vinyl records, paper books and magazines are showing growth in some markets. For example, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl album sales grew 12.9% in the first half of this year. What do you think is keeping these old formats going in the digital age? See in context

My friend who collects albums and singles does not have a record player, but puts the albums and singles on the walls as decorations. Is that common?

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Posted in: Trump blasts Fed after manufacturing data stokes fears of sharp slowdown See in context

Whatever happened to the "Art of the Deal"? I know Trump didn't actually write the book, but at least did he read it?

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Posted in: Tom Cruise meets Ukrainian president in Kiev See in context

Is Cruise a friend of Bidden?

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Posted in: Pet paradise See in context

So now I can both walk and swim with my dog. Great! What pools allow dog swimming?

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Posted in: Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy See in context

I kind of went through a Forever 21 phase long ago, but I and many others figured out that we aren't really forever 21.

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Posted in: NZ store of Japanese sports brand Asics apologizes over porn played on big screens See in context

Yes, they should turn the screens off when closed. They will save money on electricity and same their reputation. When do the law suits begin?

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pokes fun at Japan comedians' 'bleach' comments See in context

I and nobody I talked to has ever heard of "A Masso". Who are they? They sure got a lot of free publicity from of this.

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Posted in: Exasperated Trump's strategy: Flail at Democrats, attack whistleblower, tweet like crazy See in context

What Japanese clients (and we) want to know is whether Trump represents the new USA or is this a temporary phenomenon what will cease when Trump is no longer president. Is this just a temporary phase?

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Posted in: U.S.-Japan trade deal hits snag as Tokyo seeks assurances on car tariffs See in context

"national security" = US car makers can't compete.

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Posted in: Koizumi's 'sexy' words on climate change ring hollow for some in Japan See in context

Also, he was speaking English, so maybe he has a certain sense of the word "sexy" when used in English by young people.

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Posted in: Koizumi's 'sexy' words on climate change ring hollow for some in Japan See in context

He's a young guy. That is just how young people speak.

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

If we could make getting married and having kids more "sexy" and "fun", maybe more people would do it. Well, I guess if human life will be gone soon anyway due to climate change, well, never mind.

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Posted in: The popularity of gay manga in Japan: What are ‘Bara’ and ‘Yaoi’ and who are its fans? See in context

Well, gokai is totally gay, but I also don't have any particular interest in this genre.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Maybe if they doubled or tripled the speed of those slow escalators, people would stop walking on the escalators.

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Posted in: Rice village See in context

I've lived in Shinjuku all my life. I try to imaging what it would be like to have grown up in a place like this. It is certainly beautiful, and the houses are very big compared to houses in Shinjuku.

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