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

Precisely! Right next to the depot stands the elevated shinkansen track which was above the flood water level. NHK broadcasted warnings about dam openings and to move to higher ground many hours before, so there was plenty of time to put the trains on those elevated tracks. Just common sense but of course nobody in charge has the guts to make that decision.

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Posted in: U.S. demands Syria ceasefire; slaps sanctions on Turkey over incursion See in context

Indeed the Syrian army is the correct military force to secure the border, whether they are "Russia backed" or not. The US backed the wrong side in the Syrian civil war and ISIS grew to fill the void. Trump inherited this bad decision and has made the right move in withdrawing.

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Posted in: Canada's rugby team help cleanup efforts in Kamaishi after game canceled by typhoon See in context

I was supporting Canada at their game in Kobe against South Africa who won 66-7. The predominantly Japanese crowd immediately felt empathy for the miss-matched Canadians and cheered loudly on the rare occasions that Canada moved the ball. When Canada scored its only try the cheer was enough to blow the roof off and the Japanese lady next to me started crying for joy! Those guys heard those cheers of support for their hopeless cause and were able to repay in whatever small way they could. Oh Canada!

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Posted in: Dwindling of South Korean visitors takes toll on Japan businesses See in context


Please check August figures and report back.

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Posted in: Dwindling of South Korean visitors takes toll on Japan businesses See in context

To see the effects for yourself go to expedia or any similar site and see what unbelievably cheap hotel deals you can get in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo etc. Fine for me as I travel a lot but obviously a financial disaster for a huge number of businesses.

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Posted in: All Blacks score 9 tries in 63-0 romp over Canada See in context

Unfortunately this is why rugby will never go anywhere as a true international sport. The NZ coach is upset because they didn't win 200-0?

The neutral Japanese crowd supported the Canadians after the first 10 minutes. Empathy.

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Posted in: Will marijuana become the next tapioca? See in context

Keep this filthy drugs out of Japan please, all it will do is ensure a whole generation of lazy deadbeats and stoned tourists running amok in Japan.

Hey Mister X have you visited Canada recently. Tons of Japanese tourists here at this time of year. It doesn't look remotely like what you wrote and is doing quite well economically at the moment, thanks. In fact, legalization was basically a big yawn.

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Posted in: High-speed 5G network seen as ready to spur online gaming See in context


I see, Samsung and Huawei copied 5G from Apple? Please explain.

Also please write your essay on how Japan is leading the world on consumer electronics. Love to read it.

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Posted in: South Korea files WTO dispute with Japan on export curbs See in context

Shoot your second best customer, way to go Abe. You are hurting Japan way more than SK.

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

Can someone please explain to me what Japan is getting out of this dispute. It has a huge trade surplus with SK, which is now rapidly disappearing.

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Posted in: High-speed 5G network seen as ready to spur online gaming See in context


Oh, and correct me if I'm wrong but Apple's newest iPhones don't have 5G capabilities. Doesn't that mean something?

Yes, it means that Apple is at least two years behind the leaders Samsung and Huawei and why it is in 4th place worldwide. Tokyo better have 5G up and running for the Olympics or it will look like a tech backwater.

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Posted in: South Korea initiating WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs See in context

Could someone explain to me how Japan is benefiting from this dispute?

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Posted in: iPhone to share the spotlight with services at Apple's big event See in context


Face it, Apple is about 2 years or more behind in terms of 5G and foldable phones. If you like the convenience fine, but the rest of us will move on. Plenty of better cheaper phones out there.

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Posted in: Apple may spark upgrade rush with new iPhones, tight pricing See in context

Still two years until Apple gets its first 5G phone?

Foldable phone? Not on the horizon.

I remember when they were leaders. Now it's just catch up.

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Posted in: Seoul, Busan pass bill to boycott 'war crimes' Japanese firms See in context


If the whole world is on Japan's side why is the silence deafening?

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. reach framework trade pact; no tariff cuts on Japanese cars: report See in context

So Abe sells out Japan to give his pal a "huge" victory. Interesting to see what he gets in return.

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Posted in: No.of S Korean tourists to Japan drops 7.6% See in context

Ok Abe, forget about your 40 million tourists. A quarter of tourists to Japan are from SK and the flights between SK and Japan are being cut continually.

BTW as a long time Kyoto resident, the tourists from SK are by far the best behaved. Why? Because their culture is quite closely related to Japan of course. Many Kyoto and Kansai Japanese have strong Korean roots.

Japan has shot itself in the foot and knows it.

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Posted in: U.S. power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank See in context

The last paragraph gives the game away: make Australians panic so the US can come and set up their new intermediate range nuclear missiles in Australia.

Same strategy to be employed in Japan.

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Posted in: Huawei still world's No. 2 smartphone seller despite U.S. sanctions See in context

So Chinese and Korean companies sales up, US Apple's down and Japanese companies looking from the sidelines. They would not embrace Android OS, now 89% of the market, until it was too late

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Posted in: Gov't pension fund posts ¥9.1 tril profit in 4th quarter See in context


Yes, but if you had done the same thing in 1988 you would still be way, way behind... 41 years later.

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Posted in: S Korea eyes investing $854 mil annually in chip supply chain after Japan's export curbs See in context

Indeed pupil Abe is following his sensei's footsteps, to a similar folly. Trump's war on Hwawei just means that Hwawei will develop its own versions of the technology (eg Google's Android) suddenly forbidden by the US. Every other manufacturer in China will be thinking just how reliable is it to use US imported technology? Now to resolve a wartime dispute Japan is denying exports to Korea.

Korea today, who is it tomorrow? Who can trust the reliability of contracts with a country that suddenly cancels them shouting 'security!'. Answer, no one.

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Posted in: G20 leaders urged to denounce Japan's 'cruel assault' on whales See in context

I agree with all of commanteer's comments above. G20 is a summit representing the world. If environmentalists want to call for a stop to whaling I am with them 100%. Calling out only Japan is just Japan-bashing. Shame on Jane Goodale.

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Posted in: G20 leaders urged to denounce Japan's 'cruel assault' on whales See in context

@San Miguel

No the Guardian article was not good and neither was the JT one.

The reason is that neither article mentions the words Norway or Iceland, the two other major whaling countries. Note that Norway catches more whales than Iceland and Japan combined


yet never seems to get called out. Nor does Iceland. Is it because they are European countries?

By the way I am against whaling.

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Posted in: 5 of Japan's most remote islands and how to explore them See in context

I really don't see the point of this kind of article. Does it really serve anyone's purpose (especially the islanders) to have hoards of foreigners trampling all over these magnificent places? The islands are there and people can find them for themselves if they make their own efforts. But please think twice before destroying them.

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Posted in: Toyota, other automakers says Trump's Mexico tariffs would cost billions See in context


Did you read the article? US consumers will pay several thousand dollars extra for each car they buy. That is what you call "profit"? I call it a tax. Ditto for all the other Trump tarrifs.

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Posted in: Abe, Shanahan agree to bolster Japan-U.S. alliance See in context


"... fighting for freedom"!

When did Japan ever do that?

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context


China must be burning with envy... they took the absolute wrong approach to Trump...

Are you kidding?

Nobody in the world bows lower to Trump than Abe and the Japanese population will not forgive him for this disgrace to their wonderful sport of Sumo. Japanese culture cannot be traded for automobile tariffs.

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

This was a complete disgrace for Japan and Abe looked like a smiling idiot as Trump fell asleep. The ridiculous security presence and the fact that it was all about Trump instead of a serious sports event defiled tradition.

The Sumo society came to the rescue of Japan's honour by arranging things so that everything was decided yesterday. Both Goeido and Kakuryu took one for the team by losing yesterday, so that Asanoyama could win.

Earlier in the tournament the referees wrongly gave a win to Asanoyama against Tochinoshin to ensure that the former (Japanese) unknown wrestler won the tournament.

Today was an exhibition match.

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context


Well Renault has again renewed efforts to merge Nissan under a holding company structure, who will the prosecutors arrest now ?


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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

The fools, they locked up the wrong man.

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