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Posted in: Trump says threat of auto tariffs made trade talks with Japan possible See in context

"threat" means that Trump is a bully. Why can't he negotiate the deal? He wrote a book about that. Oh yes, it was ghost written. Did he read it?

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

One other point: This issue is not mentioned in the US because the Korean and Chinese women who were brought to Japan as sex slaves (don't like "comfort women") were made to service US servicemen during Occupation. I wonder if there is a note about this at these statues. It was due to the surge in venerial diseases among US servicemen that McArthur made prostitution illegal.

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Posted in: Saitama hospital threatens to inject owners of illegally parked cars with needles See in context

I thought it meant that they would inject the car with something. Maybe water in the gas tank.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

I think the sex slaves (I don't like the word "comfort women") should be remembered. However, they should be remembered here in Japan with statues here. I doubt most Americans really care about the issue.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Well, we could set up statues of slaves here in Japan showing the history of slavery in the US.

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Posted in: Introducing Roland: Top earner and most successful club male host in Tokyo See in context

It is not well known, but a large percentage of hosts in Kabukicho are actually gay men (I'm not implying anything about Roland). Thay are used because they do not have a taste in women, and treat all women equally. Also not well known until recently, many of the hosts in the gay town in Shinjuku are straight men because they have no taste in men, and treat all men equally. Women have learned this over the years, and now flock to the gay town because the hosts are much cheaper than Kabukicho hosts (as shown by this article, Kabukicho hosts can be expensive).

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Posted in: U.S. puts yakuza figures, companies on sanctions blacklist See in context

On the one hand, you might think that the reason the government doesn't just shut these yakuza groups down is that they must have lots of very comprimizing information on politicians and bureaucrats. At the same time, you need a place to send unruly youths where they will be subject to severe discipline, and that is the yakuza groups.

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Posted in: Japan's largest warship visits Sri Lanka See in context

Can this actually be called a "warship"? Japan does not have a military and cannot engage in war (per the constitution). The SDF is part of the police agency.

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Posted in: Japanese, American win Nobel medicine prize for cancer therapy See in context

Lots of people seem to think that Japan is falling behind. This is proof that we are not falling behind. And remember the advances in pluripotent stem cell research here in Japan is the top.

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Posted in: Over half of survey participants unfamiliar with katakana words used by government See in context

Using all these katakana English words is part of a secret plan to convert Japanese into English!

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Posted in: Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love' See in context

I think in his own strange way, maybe Trump is trying to really scare Kim.

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Posted in: Most firms uninterested in work hour exemption for professionals See in context

This is a further deterioration in the working conditions. Now even professionals and managers will have to form unions to protect themselves.

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Posted in: Trump: Heads of state 'were laughing with me,' not at me See in context

Whether people are laughing at you or with you, they were laughing! That is the point. They did not applaud. They LAUGHED!

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Posted in: The old and enduring mutual dislike between people of Kansai and Kanto See in context

What is with all the negativity about Tokyo? Tokyo has everything and is loads of fun with lots of friendly people. You just have know where to look to find what you like. Give it a try!

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Posted in: Japan swallowed voluntary export curbs in the past, so Washington may find this as an attractive option. But this is something Japan must absolutely avoid. I can't think of any sector in Japan that can replace its giant auto industry as a key driver of growth. See in context

Japanese automakers have been very successful in China. They should work more aggressively in the China market. China is the future. US is the past.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. agree to start talks on bilateral trade deal, shelving auto tariffs See in context

The main non-tariff barrier is US companies laziness. Getting into the Japanese market is not easy, but many US companies have succeeded in a big way. They did their homework. How about more US companies doing the same. Especially US automakers.

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

@since1981 US automakers do/did make a few compact right hand drive models, but these didn't sell either. I don't have a car, but my friend said that the interior is not a "cozy" interior that Japanese like. They didn't bother to study the market and Japanese taste.

since1981? You got here the year after I was born. I hear that the 80 were great (my parents say so anyway).

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

PS There are US auto dealers here in Japan. That means that they can make cars that meet Japanese safety requirements. They just don't sell. They should ask why.

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

"Non-tariff trade barriers" for US automakers? NONSENSE! More than 300,000 foreign brand cars are sold in Japan every year. It is just that none of them are US brands. Why are the European car makers so successful? US automakers should take a good look at themselves. Or you can see their sales campaign: "Unsafe but really cheap!!"

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Posted in: Japan uneasy over Trump pressure on auto as summit, trade talks loom See in context

European cars are all over Japan, selling more than 300,000 a year. Why can't the US makers get in on the market? First they tried pricing their cars like the European cars. Japanese were not fooled. And they don't make cars for the Japanese market. Remember about right side steering, Lee Iococa said: "We don't have to have to make right side steering. Japanese will drive Crystlers for the status" (paraphrasing from the Japanese version). Don't even think about safety. And you wonder why Japanese don't buy American cars. Time to turn to China, which Abe is slowly doing (joining Belt and Road, AIIB, RCEP etc).

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Posted in: Accuser of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh agrees to testify to Senate committee See in context

Clarence Thomas had an accuser, but he became a justice. I doubt this will be any different.

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Posted in: Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall See in context

People outside of the USA are hoping Trump gets the wall built all around the USA to isolate the USA from the rest of the world.

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Posted in: 5 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan urge gov't to legalize same-sex marriage See in context

Totally gay gokai wants to marry his partner of almost 20 years (we met in junior high). But I'm afraid that if there is a change, it will look like it is because of outside foreign pressure, not because of an internal change of heart.

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Posted in: 5 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan urge gov't to legalize same-sex marriage See in context

@ILoveCoffee The Japanese constitution was written by Americans. Article 24, Paragraph 1, says marriage is an agreement between "both sexes" (両性の合意) when deciding to get married. This was in the context of stopping forced marriages by parents, and gay marriage was not on their mind.

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Posted in: Japan-U.S. trade talks to be delayed after new U.S. tariffs on China See in context

There is really no way that Trump will agree to joining the TPP. Quiting the TPP was one of his main campaign promisses. He cannot do anything to upset his base. Japan should see its future with China rather than the USA.

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Posted in: Woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward See in context

One news source says "sexual assult", another says "attempted rape", and yet another says "groping". These seem to be rather different in degree (I'm not a native English speaker). What is going on here?

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Posted in: Abe 20 points ahead of Ishiba in LDP leadership race: poll See in context

I saw them debating on NHK this morning. Ishiba was much more convincing on may issues.

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Posted in: Police officer loses loaded gun while guarding Abe's motorcade See in context

I'm pretty sure that Japan is the only country in the world where this would be national news.

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

Just move the Olympics to October, like in 1964. Problem solved.

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Posted in: Kono says Japan will accept more foreign workers See in context

I'm not against immigration. But is anyone in government trying to find out why so many of us are not getting married and having children?

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