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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context

Dull, sombre, uninteresting, depressing.

Where was the eye opening spectacle?

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Posted in: Crowds gather outside Tokyo stadium for Olympics opening ceremony See in context

It's yet to kick off but already it's the worst Olympics ever.

I remember during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a pro-Japan, anti-Korea poster here argued that Pyeongchang Games would only be remembered for the Rotavirus cases.

I wonder what he thinks the Tokyo Games will be remembered for.

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Posted in: Japanese composer for Tokyo Olympics apologizes for 1990s abuse See in context

I cant believe they are going to use the abusers music. Will it be played in paralympics too?

@Atem - Paralympians should turn their backs if the abuser's music is played.

What he did is to vulnerable disabled children is utterly unforgiveable, product of a truly sick mind.

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Posted in: Japanese composer for Tokyo Olympics apologizes for 1990s abuse See in context

He's only sorry he got ousted.

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japan envoy over lewd remark about Moon See in context

I cant see the problem. Unbelievable. Just a bit of banter.

Have Koreans lost any sense of humor?

@Fighto - Had it been a Korean diplomat using that sort of language, what are the chances you'd be all over it, claiming it to be 'yet another evidence of SK being childish etc etc"? ;)

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

Tokyo, Japan and IOC need to work on a 2024 Olympics, Just shift the schedule down. The probability of it being a success is pretty darn good.

@Ossan - On face value hosting the Tokyo Games in 2024 and the Paris Games in 2028 might be an obvious solution, but it's wishful thinking as the considerable cost and losses for Paris not holding the Games as scheduled in 2024 would make it next to impossible.

TV deals have already been signed, infrastructure projects well underway, billions already spent gearing up to the 2024 Games.

The IOC won't be able to afford the compensation to Paris, and as things stand right now the Tokyo Games will unfortunately never happen.

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Posted in: Australia reports no new local virus cases for first time in 5 months See in context

Go Australia!

Life has felt almost normal here in Sydney since the end of the 8-week lockdown in May. We sign in to restaurants/cafes as we enter, but there are days when I don't think about COVID-19 at all.

Aggressively test and contact trace the new cases Japan, you're not going to beat it by burying your heads in the sand and hoping it'll just get bored and go away!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic swimming venue opens; now comes the hard part: COVID-19 See in context

Last month a University of Oxford study called Tokyo the most expensive Summer Olympics on record.

Most expensive Olympic Games on record, with the tiniest revenue.. ouch!

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Posted in: Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine for 2nd straight month See in context

Abe desperately trying to stay relevant?

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Posted in: Suga departs for Vietnam, Indonesia on 1st overseas trip as PM See in context

Why no masks?

Probably still waiting for the Abenomask to arrive in the mail.

He will be sorely disappointed when they finally arrive but are stained.

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Posted in: Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery See in context

I have nothing but good things to say about Japanese healthcare, compared to the US.

@Peter - well there's your first mistake.. that's like comparing the safety of a country to Afghanistan or the Congo.

The US has the worst healthcare system of any developed country, and in many cases worse than many developing countries, where a major illness can leave you homeless even if have health insurance. It's a complete rort and a travesty how the health insurance and the private healthcare industry are holding the lives of Americans at ransom, for profit.

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Posted in: Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery See in context

Even leaving aside average income tax rates which are often higher in the UK and Europe, the consumption taxes in these countries range from 20-25%. You are pre-paying for healthcare every time you open your wallet. 

@M3 - well for starters here in Australia consumption tax is 10%, and all major surgery is free.

Although difficult to compare I am very sure, you all won’t find a better equipped and at the same time similar or more affordable health and health insurance system anywhere else quickly, if you consider the real costs, taxes , insurance rates etc. in the very most of all your home countries.

@Sven - various posters have already listed many countries that disprove your point..

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Posted in: Suga faces backlash after refusing to appoint 6 science council members See in context

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga faced backlash Friday after he decided not to appoint academics who have been critical of the nation's security and anti-conspiracy legislation to a science council that makes policy recommendations to the government.

Japan taking a leaf out of China's playbook.

Shades of Trumpism there as well.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker apologizes for saying 'women lie' about sexual assaults See in context

I don't understand why is that considered a contentious statement. Women are humans and they're as likely to lie about anything as men.

@RT - So you would have no problem if she had said "foreigners in Japan might commit crimes".

After all foreigners are human too and might commit crimes like any other human beings..?

People in positions of leadership need to understand that their words carry more weight (which is why we're discussing it here a week later), and choose their words carefully.

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Posted in: Female LDP lawmaker says some women might make false reports of sexual violence See in context

What an utterly disgusting attitude from a female politician. She clearly missed the memo that it is 20 years into the 21st century now. Shows just how far behind the rest of the world Japan is.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers unveil scaled-back Games plan See in context

Just accept the Tokyo Olympics will never happen.

Cut your losses and walk away.

Hopefully Paris 2024 will be a great celebration of humanity after we overcome this pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties need mending, Suga tells Moon in phone talks See in context

Please provide substantiation that the 2015 Agreement money paid by Japan has been paid to the surviving CWs. I bet you can't because it hasn't happened. Please stop trolling and go bother someone else.

I think you will find I simply asked you to prove your claims, and you haven't done that.

And if any deviation from the official J-gov line is considered trolling to you, that says far more about you than it does about me.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties need mending, Suga tells Moon in phone talks See in context

Wrong, All fact and can be substantiated- period.

@Ossan - You've provided zero substantiation of your claim that Moon kept the money meant for the victims. You keep repeating 'period' doesn't make it true.

Why not prove your claim instead of parroting your blind patriotic Japanocentric claims? I'll wait.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties need mending, Suga tells Moon in phone talks See in context

Moon ripped up the agreement unilaterally, kept the money without giving it to the surviving Comfort Women.

@OssanJapan - source? Your raging comments are totally false - period.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties need mending, Suga tells Moon in phone talks See in context

PM Suga, be like PM Abe.

@Fighto - Or not.

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Posted in: Suga elected prime minister by Diet; new cabinet contains just 2 women See in context

What a youthful line-up, looking forward to their fresh new ideas!

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Posted in: China wishes Abe speedy recovery See in context

They probably genuinely do wish him recovery.

China would have enjoyed seeing Abe slowly but surely running Japan down to the ground.

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Posted in: After hospital visit, Abe says he will do his utmost as prime minister See in context

So how long has he got?

I mean as PM..

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Posted in: 'Crash Landing on You' star Son Ye Jin overwhelmed by popularity in Japan See in context

Unlike some petty people out there, many Japanese don't let political nonsense get in the way of them enjoying other countries' cultures (even those whose government spites them).

Thus, while one country gleefully boycotts products from Japan, Japan embraces products and cultures from that country.

@oldman - and yet here you are, politicising an entertainment story.. so by your own logic you'd be one of those petty people?

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Posted in: Moon says he is always ready to talk with Japan over historical disputes See in context

Here we go again with this endless story.

Yeah I'm also sick of the endless sob story about Hiroshima/ Nagasaki etc.

Tell someone who cares or get over it already, it's been 75 years.

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Posted in: Japan to mark 75th anniversary of World War 2 end in scaled-back ceremony See in context

Abe's December 2013 visit to Yasukuni, which honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal

In actual fact there are over five thousand war criminals enshrined at Yasukuni, of whom 14 happen to be classified as class A war criminals.

In all, about 5,700 Japanese were charged in Classes B and C before the international war crimes tribunal in Tokyo. Almost 1,000 were executed. Others were tried and executed by the Communist Chinese and by the Soviet Union. It's these men whose presence at Yasukuni offends Japan's neighbors, including 14 Class A criminals.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-12-26/why-yasukuni-shrine-so-controversial

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of A-bombing See in context

The Japanese victims must be remembered. So too the the victims of the Japanese.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea feud set to flare over wartime labor row See in context

Trade with Korea account for a very tiny fraction of Japan’s GDP.

@Meiyowenti - Wow. Did you bother to look up the facts before you posted this?

In which alternate universe is your 3rd largest trading partner a 'tiny fraction' of the economy?

A trade surplus of ¥2.2 trillion.. a tiny sum? LOL

Total bilateral trade rose to ¥9.3 trillion in 2018. Only China (¥35.1 trillion) and the United States (¥24.5 trillion) have more significant trade relations with Japan.

In 2018, exports declined 3.1% year on year to ¥5.8 trillion, while imports grew 12.6% to ¥3.6 trillion, resulting in a trade surplus of ¥2.2 trillion.

https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00516/south-korea-japan%E2%80%99s-third-largest-trading-partner.html

Look I understand your pro-Japan sentiment, but your argument is so weak it's embarrassing.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea feud set to flare over wartime labor row See in context

SK can't make a double-charge.

They aren't.

The individuals are.

Whether cash-in will soon start, Japanese businesses in SK better leave for good. It's a high-risk country.

Try to base your claims on reality and not sentiment.

SK is a hugely important market for many Japanese businesses. They won't pull out of SK unless somehow their main focus of business shifts away from doing business and making profits. They certainly won't pull out of a decision that costs a Japanese steel business a sum equalling a few employee's annual salaries.

As one example Uniqlo has 180 stores in SK. They have 50 stores in the USA.

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Posted in: From outbreak to surrender: World War II in the Pacific See in context

History will always be written by the victor and the losers will always be depicted as the antagonists, while the soldiers of the winning side will always be glorified as heroes and those from the losing side will always be seen as war criminals. 

@Toshi - Um.. no.

Japanese and the Germans were the aggressors, regardless of the outcome of war.

Nice try though.

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