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Posted in: Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization See in context

......sigh yeah the BS propaganda certainly grates!

These bullets trains in Nagano are what the generators in the BASEMENT are to Fukushima!!  Simple stupidity!

As another astute poster mentions above, with FULL KNOWLEDGE of a huge typhoon, services stopped, WHY ON EARTH were these trains not moved from the yard to tracks with higher clearance, TOO SIMPLE, yet I suspect have never have been on the minds of the "powers" that be at JR!!

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Posted in: Japan home to 3 of world's 10 best largest cities: U.S. magazine See in context

Also, what on earth is Osaka doing on that list? A bankrupt, treeless concrete wasteland where a pint of ethyl alcohol and a burnt squid on a stick is a gourmet meal?

Haha Alfie you almost made me spit out my coffee LOL!! A bit harsh, but also a bit truthful, I have had a few sticks & drinks in Umeda area in places like that LOL!!!

Japans big cities are GREAT, but also awful at the same time, beautiful & UGLY, again at the same time, part of their charm!

But to REALLY enjoy life in BIG J-cities you need serious COIN to do so sadly!

I live in the sticks & LOVE going into the city when I can enjoy but I also LOVE getting back out!

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Posted in: Japan beats Scotland 28-21 to advance to Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for first time See in context

It was a great game EVERY try for Japan was a BEAUT!!!!

Congrats Brave Blossoms!!! Sweet after the loss 4yrs ago!

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Posted in: Namibia-Canada Rugby World Cup match cancelled due to typhoon See in context

Unfortunate but understandable, this Canuck is sad neither Cda or Namibia get the chance to snag a win!

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Posted in: NBA, 'South Park' episodes spotlight Hollywood's China dilemma See in context

As I have been saying for ages & ages THE WEST has played a very LARGE part in creating the MONSTER that China has become!

Now western business & govts too are being reduced to a bunch of ki$$ a$$es  & its become beyond embarrassing to watch!

Its now well past the point, the way China acts THEY have made it crystal clear they are at economic war with the west, ……

Said it before I will say it again its long over due for the west to pull the plug & get the HELL out of China!

The longer we wait the MORE it will cost us in LIVES & LIVELYHOODS!!!

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Posted in: Japan labor body to step up support for foreigners, freelancers See in context

Yep, we are all being scammed bigtime...….

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Posted in: Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad See in context

Sadly its turning out to be true as I suspected after the initial HKG turnover to mainland commie govt HKG as we had known are gone, likely to never return, I hope I am wrong, feel for the people, especially the young who see their way of life not so slowly DISAPPERAING!

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Posted in: Japan’s first alcohol-free and tobacco-free yakiniku restaurant a hit in Osaka See in context

Why I LOVE my beers especially with yakiniku, I can see where this is a good unique idea that should do well, hope they continue to succeed!

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Posted in: Joseph praises never-say-die Japan after last-gasp bonus-point win See in context

Hope Japan cant GET UP for the game against Scotland, last cup they fell  flat after the SA win.....hope its a great exiting game!!! Cant wait!

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Posted in: Organizers fear security staff shortage for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Folks is aint just security facing labour shortages, ALL aspects of these games are in that situation!

Same as the economy, the pay is CRAP so why on earth would anyone sign up!

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Posted in: Japan on brink of first World Cup quarterfinal after beating Samoa 38-19 See in context

Once again Japans defense did a very good job against the Samoans this time...….next Scotland...…

THAT will be an interesting match, given that after Japan beat S Africa last cup & then turned up a bit flat against Scotland...……… time for some revenge perhaps....

Cant wait till the 13th!

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

This kind of corruption has been rampant over all industries nationwide since FOREVER!!

Tax authorities have found, meanwhile, that from fiscal 2013 to 2018, orders placed by Osaka-based Kansai Electric with Yoshida Kaihatsu totaled some 6.47 billion yen, and that the construction firm paid around 300 million yen in commission to Moriyama.

Haha so the tax office has now dug a bit just so they cover their own corrupt butts! Typical, now they get to decide who is sacrificed on the alter of corruption so the rest can continue unabated, more to follow!

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to relax waste water controls amid poor fish catches See in context

Stupid beyond belief comes to mind!!!

My bet is on the usual over fishing rather than LACK of polluted water being discharged by humans!

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

How about instead they fine & jail say 10,000+ corrupt govt employee's & white collar criminals!!

Now THAT would worth CELEBRATING!!!

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.....the govt is literally doing what will KILL their own country, shear lunacy!

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Posted in: Japan stun world No. 2 Ireland with 19-12 victory at Rugby World Cup See in context

Well done for Japan!

The Irish just  were NOT able to execute much Japan kept shutting them down! And THEN the momentum shifted!!

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Posted in: Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content See in context

As long as this ONLY targets real nasty types......but I fear this will be used like it is already to limit & ban content ""SOME"" don't like, disagree with all the while allowing certain slants of thought free reign to say as they wish!

We need to ENSURE this doesn't limit speech, INCLUDING stuff we don't like!

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Posted in: Japan to expand app-using customs declaration ahead of Olympics See in context

Every passenger is stopped and has their passport scanned by Customs in Japan as well as filling out a declaration form-a monumental waste of time in most cases...

I think you are confusing Immigration with Customs, Customs usually only glances at passports if they look at them at all

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

koizumi  = stupid, cringeworthy, embarrassing...……..

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Posted in: Abe vows to improve social welfare amid graying population See in context

Aly R,

Sadly it has INDEED come to that, a sinking ship!

If the Mrs & I had kids I don't think I could forgive myself if I stayed here, again pains me to say that but that is just the reality & its getting worse & worse, hardly ever hear good news about people doing well or the country getting better at this or that or here & there its almost ALWAYS negative!

And Japan losing kids from Japanese\non-Japanese marriages is a DOUBLE whammy for Japan, BUT people cant be expected to sacrifice their kids IF they have better opportunities elsewhere.

And Cda's lifestyles BLOW Japan out of the water bigtime, was home in July, just no comparison. But it aint perfect lots more left wing nut jobs back home LOL!! They are so far left they BARK up the BUTTS of the right wingers for crying out loud & cities are painfully expensive.

BUT there are futures there, I look at my brothers two kids out of Uni & they are doing incredibly well!

Would love to see Japan do better but it IS its OWN worst enemy sadly!

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Posted in: Abe vows to improve social welfare amid graying population See in context

Japan: Form over Substance.

Or as I like to say:    Perception is MORE Important than Reality!

For me it has gone WAY beyond depressing watching Japan do itself in, I have just become numb, if Japan & Japanese are hell bent on doing NOTHING (which IS a conscious CHOICE) then LET THEM!

All we can do here is live for OURSELVES & loved ones, pains me to write that but that is the conclusion I came about 15yrs ago because CLEARLY the govt doesn't give a damn & the people keep electing the SAME fools who are driving the country INTO the ground!

It is nothing short of depressing to see how this place has withered over the years, as viewed from my annual snapshot.

CaptD,

At least you LEFT for  better pastures I hope anyway, yeah I live in the inaka & again depressing seeing so many old folks & watching the numbers of abandoned homes, businesses sky rocket around me

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Posted in: Man arrested over 9-year-old stepson's murder See in context

Obviously this is very tragic & sad & should NOT have happened.

However many dismiss the potential reason as to why this happened, in the animal world it MANY mammals  do NASTY things to offspring they have NO DIRECT GENETIC connections, simple fact.

That of course is NO EXCUSE for what happened only a POSSIBLE reason why, I in NO WAY condone this murder at all.

We all THINK we are in full control of our faculties BUT BIOLOGY & EVOLUTION can DO play a much bugger role in our day to day lives than many can see & would not admit to but happens all the same

May this bot RIP & the stepfather get his due time in jail!

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

As I have said many times, when a BIG one hits Tokyo, LARGE areas will need to be simply abandoned for years decades while work the outside inwards SLOWLY deals with the damage.

When Tokyo gets hit it WILL BE TOAST!!!

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Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' sequel to focus on a family of original film See in context

This sounds like a 2nd DUMB idea, let Ghostbusters RIP!!

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Posted in: Elderly people account for record 28.4% of Japanese population See in context

JCosplay,

As I keep harping about here on jt YOU need to learn what a population pyramid is and LOOK at Japans more recent stats, it AINT GOOD.

The number of newborns has been dropping for a long time, so even if the birthrate were to somehow increase in the future the population WILL continue to decrease over time.

And the big question is can the economy etc SURVIVE as the old folks shift through their "golden" years, it is NOT looking very good, in fact one only has to see the daily news to know its not good for a great number of the elderly NOW in Japan!

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Posted in: Minnesota governor says Japan can't pick up U.S.-China trade war slack See in context

As the top poster CORRECTLY pointed out, Japans population is well into DECLINE, so there is now way(except for the occasional small spike) that Japan will be importing more corn or soy from the US, it will & likely is already in decline like so many other major commodities like oil & gas etc

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Posted in: Ric Ocasek, singer for The Cars, dies at 75 See in context

Always loved  The Cars, they were very distinct & had so great classic tunes, LOVE when they pop up in rotation while out DRIVING, will need to dial them in this week for an extended listen, RIP!

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Posted in: Elderly people account for record 28.4% of Japanese population See in context

For any enterprising person in Japan, this is the biggest business opportunity. If you can develop products and services for old people, the market for them in other countries is also going to grow. With Japan aging earlier than other countries, needs will emerge here faster than in other countries.

Kohakuebisu,  problem is while some old folks have $$ a great many DO NOT, there isn't much disposable income for people to even afford a simple decent room somewhere in a care facility with a couple meals let alone for enterprising folks to capitalize on them......

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. is 'locked and loaded' for potential response to Saudi oil attack See in context

……….. I don't know the image of Colin Powell holding a small bottle keeps popping up inside my head.....

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Posted in: Sam Smith announces new pronouns of 'they' and 'them' See in context

This is all so silly & unnecessary, far too many are quick to take silly offense at nothing these days, they think they are the only ones that have to deal with LIFE growing up...…..hint you are NOT!

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