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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan hits record high in 2019 See in context

Between Jan 1 and May 31 2019 the increase was 4.5%. So this means from June 1 to Dec 31, even with RWC, there was about a 2% decrease. JTB is just putting on a spin. Japan will be lucky to see 30 million next year.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

MrHeisei, it is now Reiwa. Yes, Carlos & wife are making a mockery of Japan's justice system, and so they should. It is pre-Meiji and deserves to disappear in this wonderful new era.

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Posted in: Public drinking to be banned at Shibuya's scramble crossing on New Year’s Eve See in context

Shibuya, just how uncool can you get?

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Posted in: Japan eases export controls against S Korea ahead of summit See in context

All Japan's sanctions against SK did was hurt Japanese companies, especially the tourist industry. Minus 500 thousand tourists a month hurts plenty of small businesses. Rule 1 of sanctions is that you don't sanction a country with which you have a huge trade surplus. Even Trump understands this but apparently Abe hasn't a clue.

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Posted in: Abe eyes visit to India's Imphal, fierce WWII battlefield, in December See in context

Could we also know how many British and Indian soldiers were killed?

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

340 billion yen spent for refitting which, as pointed out, will take at least 10 years to pay off. Add to that all the costs of running the facility since 2011 (did they lay anyone off?) and what you have in 2030 is a very old reactor that you still have to decommission and no return on investment.

Hokkaido has huge wind resources and plenty of space for windmills. It makes essentially all of its energy burning coal! That 340 billion should have been used building wind power in Hokkaido and a better connection to the Tohoku Electric grid to supply its surplus to. Britain, Holland and Germany have managed this, why cannot Japan?

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context


Yes, SK lost face but Japan is losing billions of yen in lost tourism and exports to SK with no end in sight. Guess which of these the real world cares about.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

This is a very good move by SK. Bringing this into the dispute was a huge mistake as it dragged in the US. Now it is back to economic sanctions that Abe initiated and the US cares nothing about. SK is winning here hands down with the two thirds drop in tourists and similar drop in exports from Japan to SK. Expect major Japanese concessions.

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Posted in: Worst likely over for S Korea boycott effect on Japanese economy See in context

This article is completely out of touch with reality. South Koreans make up 24% (7.5 million) of Japan's foreign tourists. Today the JTA said the percentage drop in South Korean visitors, compared with the same month a year earlier, was 48.0 percent in August, 58.1 percent in September and 65.5 percent in October. Doesn't look like the worst is over from those numbers.

And don't think China is not paying attention. The next misstep by this inept government on the China file will dealt with in exactly the same way...and bye bye tourist industry.

@alwaysspeakingwisdom(sic) "Who needs South Korea?"

Please talk to all the hotel, restaurant, shop owners etc. who are losing billions of yen in lost business and report back.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows less than expected in third quarter See in context


Maybe nothing to see for you, but that statement was made by the Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura who is surely better informed on this subject than you are.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows less than expected in third quarter See in context

If you read the Asahi Shinbun article you will see a major factor completely ignored.

Korea strikes back:

Moreover, worsening ties with South Korea had "a big impact" on already weak exports, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters after the GDP data release. "Exports will remain weak due to slack demand for cars and electronics parts. In addition, declines in tourists from South Korea are having large negative effects," he said.

Spending by inbound tourists, which are counted as part of exports in GDP data, was crunched by sharp declines in the number of Korean tourists in August and September. Japanese exports to the country tumbled 16 percent in September, dragged down by shipments of cars, TVs, computers and semiconductor production equipment.

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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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