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

I'm sure many posters will make their usual contribution about how SK victims deserve nothing, but for the record, J-government's position that the 1965 treaty settled all matters regarding compensation for individual victims of forced labour is a recent one, under the direction of Abe.

The former prime minister also criticized the Abe administration's position on the 1965 Japan-Korea Treaty. Tokyo has said the issue of compensation for wartime forced laborers was "settled" through the treaty.

Hatoyama said the 1965 treaty does not preclude individuals from filing private claims, citing a 1991 statement from the director of the Japanese foreign ministry's treaties bureau.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/08/28/Ex-Japanese-prime-minister-calls-for-return-of-South-Korea-to-white-list/4731566992569/

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Posted in: Suga says no problem with Abe's health after blood-vomiting report See in context

The commonest cause of a person vomiting blood would probably be bleeding from a gastric ulcer, but more serious causes include spontaneous rupture of oesophageal varices from portal venous hypertension secondary to cirrhosis, induced by alcohol, viral hepatitides or cryptogenic cirrhosis.

Is that why he once quit as PM?

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

I've been there too and the only "justification" as you call it I saw were specific references to British colonization in Asia, including the taking of Hong Kong after the Opium Wars.

@Ossan - Wow, for even you to admit Yasukuni displays certain justifications for their warmongering past, it must be full to the brim with revisionist propaganda.

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Posted in: Hiroshima survivors worry that the world will forget See in context

Why would they worry about being forgotten?

Unlike the stories of 'comfort women' and the forced labourers under the brutal IJA which apparently must no longer dredged up, the A-bomb victims will forever be paraded by Japanese pollies so they can continue to run with the story they were the victims not the aggressors of war.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

Pro-Japan posters will always jump to the defense of the grotesque abomination that is Yasukuni, saying there are only a handful of war criminals enshrined there, out of millions.

But they omit the fact that there are in fact more than a thousand war criminals enshrined, of which 14 are 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: Nippon Steel to appeal S Korea ruling allowing seizure of assets See in context

The downvotes and Anti-Japan flooding. Shows how many Koreans come here. Especially on articles regarding S. Korea.

@"Reason" and "Wisdom" Nippon - That's an astonishing admission of the fact that you think there can only possibly be one correct point of view (i.e. Japanese government's) and anyone whose opinion differs is wrong.

I shake my head at your apparent belief that anyone who doesn't take Japan's side in this debate must only be taking that side because they are Korean. Unbelievable how narrow minded that is.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel to appeal S Korea ruling allowing seizure of assets See in context

The forced labor issue is fundamentally a human rights issue.

The individual right to seek compensation has not been extinguished by the Korea-Japan Claims Settlement Agreement.

The ruling is in line with advances in international human rights law that values remedies for individual victims.

@jeancolmar - But what would a Japanese lawyer know? The experts on JT have long declared that the victims deserve nothing.

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