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Posted in: BABYMETAL plays first ever U.S. show See in context

Babymetal is awesome. Their band is awesome too! They really really needed a bigger venue (with working air conditioning) so more fans could see them perform live. Unfortunately, they just had one show for their fans. The rest of their appearances will be opening for Lady Gaga, and they aren't given much time either. Most of the audience there is unfamiliar with them so there's not much interaction. They deserve to tour on their own in North America.

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Posted in: Large bronze statue weighing 300 kgs stolen from high school in Ibaraki See in context

I guess the pedestal must have been too heavy to steal.

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Posted in: Chinese media slam Japan's move to expand military role See in context

Looking at that graphic showing the huge discrepancy between the size of the Chinese military and the Japanese military, I don't blame Japan one bit. Even with the US, I think the odds are stacked against Japan if there was a conflict between the two countries. The gap will only widen as China increases it's military spending.

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Posted in: Russia bans swear words in art, films See in context

They must be really hard up for money if this is all they can come up with.

How about teaching people to have manners and to be polite? That would benefit their society more.

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Posted in: China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest See in context

I'm okay with this. Keep religion out of China1

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Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds See in context

It seems his true calling in life is actually acting.

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Posted in: Abe wants to stage 2020 Robot Olympics See in context

It's best for Japan to start supporting their local robotics companies unless they want Google to rule the world of robotics in their own country.

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Posted in: Japanese retailers target new big spenders - tourists See in context

Good news for Japan but this increase in tourists won't offset their imports of fossil fuels. They are going to have to restart and drastically improve their manufacturing capability in order to become an export positive economy again in their non-nuclear power generation state.

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Posted in: First day on the job See in context

I like that there are women in the picture. Still Japan desperately needs more women in the workplace and more women in positions of power, not to mention more daycare centers.

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Posted in: Japan lifts self-imposed ban on weapons exports See in context

I hope they'll build mobile armored mechas now. That would be cool.

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Posted in: Australia, NZ fear Japan may try to sidestep whaling ban See in context

The ban only pertains to Japan's Antarctic whale hunt. For the time being, they'll continue to hunt whasle elsewhere.

However, whale meat consumption is down already and Japan will have to seriously consider if it's worth wasting budgetary funds to continue whaling altogether. I'm sure the fishermen will be unhappy and out of work, but costs need to be reigned in.

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Posted in: China snubs Japan over international warship gathering See in context

Thanks China for doing Japan a favor. They can use the yen and use it on something stupid like give the money to Palestinians or the Ukraine instead of paying off more debt.

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Posted in: Mao Asada wins world championship title See in context

Congratulations for winning the World Championships. She has gained confidence after her Olympic long program performance.

Further congratulations to Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu for winning the Men's title.

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Posted in: Popcorn line See in context

This makes me wonder how good the popcorn is there.

I'd like to sample an order.

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Posted in: Honda unveils new concept motorbikes See in context

Japan always builds nice futuristic concept bikes. The problem is that they almost always remain just concepts.

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Posted in: Japan to unveil Y100 bil in aid to Ukraine at G7 summit See in context

Japan should keep the money and stop giving it away to appease the US.

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Posted in: Japan pledges $200 million in aid for Palestinians See in context

They shouldn't give them a single yen. Spend that money on Japan.

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Posted in: Japan racks up record deficit; lowers growth estimate See in context

The price of shutting down those nuclear plants is record deficits. I think it's quite obvious by now to everyone.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology See in context

This article is confusing. It says Lawmakers, as in plural but the only current lawmaker they mention is Nariaki Nakayama. The Title should be changed to Lawmaker (singular) as no one else is named who would be in favor of revision.

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Posted in: Driving force See in context

Go Morizou! Hiromu Naruse would be proud. It's sad that now that he's the President of the company, means he can't drive the 24 hours of Nurburgring anymore. Good luck at LeMans and Nur.

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Posted in: What do you think would be the most appropriate yen-dollar rate for the Japanese economy, as a whole? See in context

I would say 120-130 ball park.

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Posted in: Japan must be vigilant to widening current account deficit: Amari See in context

Restart the nuclear reactors. Problem solved. The US may not like this since they are providing Japan with plenty of LNG.

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Posted in: Robots to the rescue at international trials in Florida; Japan entry 1st See in context

Coincidentally, Schaft was recently acquired by Google. Japan's best (and now the world's best) are owned by Google.

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Posted in: Airlines seek new rules to handle unruly travellers See in context

Just get every airline worker to wear Google Glass or some type of optical recording device so evidence is continually recorded and can be submitted in court or to settle disputes if need be.

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Posted in: Business lobby seeks to relax rules on foreign household helpers in Japan See in context

If there was anytime for Japan to develop robot caretakers and workers now would be a good time. Considering Google just purchased one of Japan's up and coming robot companies (amongst 8 other including Boston Dynamics), Japanese robot companies need to merge with each other in order to compete globally with Google someday soon.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with $20 bil pledge See in context

What a waste. Every one of those ASEAN countries will take the money and run. They will not come to Japan's aid if China wants conflict.

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Posted in: Japan should embrace nuclear power, government panel says See in context

Time to build those thorium reactors.

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Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5% See in context

That's just a drop in the bucket. They should consider doubling their defense spending. Also look to involve other countries to cooperate on future weapons systems like they have with the UK. Then increase military exports to shore up the domestic defense economy. Better late than sorry.

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Posted in: Japan preparing Y5.4 trillion economic stimulus package See in context

They should invest that money in their military sector as they're going to need it.

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Posted in: Chinese speculators buying up diapers in Japan See in context

If the Chinese won't buy Chinese made diapers, then I think it's time for Kao to severely ramp up domestic production of Merries. Increase and improve Japanese production and hopefully Japanese parents will benefit from lower pricing.

As for their China plant, it could be used for export to other countries less finicky about where their diapers originate from.

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