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Posted in: Swastikas and statues: Southeast Asia's fixation with Nazi iconography See in context

And in many parts of the world, the Rising Sun flag is nothing more than a cool symbol of Japan.

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Posted in: How 'completely avoidable' measles cases continue to climb See in context

I'd rather get Measles, and fight it off naturally (like 99% of people do) than ever shoot a Big Pharma chemical cocktail into my body.

@Burning ** - In 2011, the WHO estimated that 158,000 deaths were caused by measles. This is down from 630,000 **deaths in 1990. As of 2018, measles remains a leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in the world. In developed countries, death occurs in one to two cases out of every 1,000 (0.1–0.2%).

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Posted in: S Korea beats Disneyland as most desirable graduation trip for Japanese girls: survey See in context

Nice story. So much for the myth that Japanese hate Koreans. However in Seoul, they are screaming death to Japan.

@alwaysspeaking**** - Very ironic that you'd dispel one myth and propagate another myth in the same post.

Japanese brands like Uniqlo are hugely popular in Korea and lines form outside stores when there are sales. Japanese novelists go to the top of the best seller chart in Korea in the same week they are released.

Talking about tourism alone, South Korea is the largest source of foreign tourists to Japan, with 779,400 visitors to Japan from South Korea in January 2019 alone, far more than Chinese visitors who are in 2nd place, with 754,400 visitors.

Don't take my word for it. See the official Japanese stats yourself:


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Posted in: Qatar beats Japan 3-1 to win Asian Cup See in context

Didn't stay up for the game but watching the highlights, Qatar scored 2 screamers worthy of winning the cup. Biggest upset since Iraq won in 2007.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign See in context

"Nothing to see here folks, move on!"

"What about the continued bribery scandals?"

"Oh yeah there is THAT.."

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Posted in: Labor ministry officials knew of improper wage survey since 2006 See in context

Surprise of the century!

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Posted in: Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars See in context

I've owned 3 Prius' and each one by far was the best vehicle I ever owned when it came to overall value. Fairly inexpensive, great gas mileage, good drive and if needed it could fit in a lot of packages. To me.... the Prius is the best vehicle ever produced for the common frugal man that needs to own a car.

Interesting.. but wondering why you needed a 2nd or 3rd Prius if the first one was really that good? The 1st generation of Prius was released worldwide in the early 2000s, so did each Prius only last 6 or so years before needing to be replaced?

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Posted in: Volunteer recruitment begins for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics See in context

I bet there are some Japanese companies getting some ideas from this.. "volunteers... eh?"

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open after Serena Williams penalized a game See in context

I've been casually following tennis for close to 20 years but never knew you could get a game penalty.

Osaka probably would have won it any way, and she would never have dreamt her first ever Grand Slam title would be won in such circumstances. When she was crying on the podium I wasn't sure if she was heartbroken at the boos or if they were tears of joy. Felt sorry for her.

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Posted in: Fukushima crisis response center resumes soccer facility operations See in context

"This place is going to send a message in and outside the country that any kind of difficulty can be overcome," Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori said at a ceremony in a stadium with a capacity of 5,000 people to mark the new start of the J-Village national soccer training center.

Has the Fukushima nuclear disaster been overcome? That's news to me.

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Posted in: Aum cult founder Asahara, 6 followers hanged See in context

He is a very good case for capital punishment, but I think they should instead be made to pay back their debt to society by performing menial tasks in custody until the day they die.

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Posted in: Asia seeks better World Cup results in 2022 in Qatar See in context

Japan can do it in baseball, why not soccer?

Baseball is only a proper professional sport in a handful of countries, notably USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba, and Dominican Republic.

Football is the world game, played all over the world with just about every country on earth bar a few with professional leagues.

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Posted in: Japan's World Cup squad returns home; Nishino's time as coach over See in context

The South Korea team on their return had eggs thrown at them. 

Not eggs.


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Posted in: Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in injury time to reach World Cup quarterfinals See in context

Perhaps now those who were horrified over stalling against Poland will understand what football is. 

@Maiika - No. The criticism labelled at Japan for time wasting vs Poland was justified. Boos rang out from the stadium from the crowd, and are you saying none of them understood football?

Today was when Japan SHOULD have played defensively - no team will get criticised for sitting deep 2-0 up and playing on the counter. It's basic football tactics 101.

At the same time, no team will NOT be criticised for passing the ball back and forth between defenders for the final 15 minutes while losing 1-0.

There is a clear difference between these 2 scenarios.

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Posted in: Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in injury time to reach World Cup quarterfinals See in context

Wow what a match.

At 2-0 up Japan should have sat deep and soaked up the pressure from Belgium and hit on the counter, but perhaps they were a little hesistant to be seen playing defensively again after having been booed for passing the ball back and forth in the final 15 minutes of the group stage loss vs Poland.

Why Japan pushed everybody up in injury time for a corner kick vs much taller Belgian players is beyond me. They were going for glory obviously but it can backfire badly and it did.

All in all an instant classic World Cup game, but Japanese fans will rue what could have been, especially with the manner it was lost with 15 seconds left in injury time.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

And the Japan haters cannot stomach it. The Peeping says good on Japan for sticking it to them.

@Peeping Tom - Actually it's been widely reported around the world that Japan played a disgraceful time wasting tactic to play for a loss by one goal.. are they all haters of Japan?

Here are some headlines:

BBC: "World Cup 2018: Japan go through but final group game ends in mind-boggling farce"

Reuters: "Japan milk 'fair play' system in World Cup first"

ESPN: "Japan shame World Cup yet profit from 'fair play' "

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

The Japanese players slowed play down to almost nothing, softly passing the ball back and forth in little triangles in their own end to waste time.

The irony of the fact Japan advance due to 'fair play' rules..

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Posted in: Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to S Korea 2-0 See in context

Germany did not look like a quality side in any of their matches. Losing to the woeful Koreans kind of sums it up!

Korea conceded 1 goal from open play in their 3 group stage games. Give them some credit, that stat is hard to beat.

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Posted in: Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to S Korea 2-0 See in context

Wouldn't it be handy if there was a single word that meant deriving pleasure from another person's misfortune.

At times like this I wish there was a German word for schadenfreude.

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Posted in: Lower house passes antismoking bill See in context

Do any of you reading this live in a mansion that is 100 meters plus?

Do any of you know of a local Izakaya or Akachochin 100 meters plus?

The article talks about eateries with seating AREAS of up to 100 square meters.. it's not talking about width or distance.

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Posted in: Osaka gov't warns of baseless rumors on social media after quake See in context

"A false rumor was spread that Koreans were taking advantage of the disaster, committing arson and robbery, and were in possession of bombs"

From the Wikipedia report of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

Makes you wonder how much underlying attitudes in Japan have changed in the last 95 years.

Sadly this led to the Kanto Massacre of an estimated 6,000 mostly ethnic Koreans.

Seems the underlying attitudes that led to this are still present today.

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Posted in: Japan's exports accelerate in May; surplus with U.S. lowest since 2013 See in context

Excellent news! Business is upbeat here, despite world trade issues and contriversy over tariff etc. New TPP will be a further boost, upon enactment.

Well done PM Abe, well done!!

How's the Japanese national debt?

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Posted in: Cup Noodle releases new Rare Species Mystery Meat flavor See in context

Someone in marketing thought this 'mystery meat' flavour could be a good idea... lol

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Posted in: N Korean media says abductions of Japan's nationals 'resolved' See in context

Everybody including NK knows Japan's contribution is necessary for rebuilding NK economically

SK, China, US are essential. Not Japan. Japan is never essential to anything these days in case you haven't noticed.

And everyone knows the abduction issue is the key to opening Japan's wallet.

The abduction issue is key to Abe wanting to appear to care about Japan's national interests.

Hence both SK and US pressing this issue with Kim.

Are they? Where?

NK negative view of the US who actually bombed and killed NK civilians, by far exceeds that of Japan who did not kill koreans as they were Japanese nationals from 1910-1945.

But they did torture and kill plenty of ethnic Koreans. Saying no Koreans died, even of old age or of disease or misadventure during that period, because technically they were all Japanese, is just semantics.

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Posted in: New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure See in context

minimum 19 percent salary tax. If you make over 100000 it's way higher than that!. Try around 60 percent.

@Ben Youknowwho - that sounded wrong reading that, so I looked it up.

Top tax rate in NZ is 33%, for people on $70,000 or over (30% up until $70,000, then 33% on any income greater than $70K.

Also the minimum tax rate is 10.5%, for those on $14,000 or less.


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Posted in: Japan moves closer to controversial labor reforms See in context

Japan doesn't have an abundance of natural resources to exploit unlike some of the other major world powers. So Japan exploits its workers instead.

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Posted in: Japan to let in 500,000 foreign workers to help plug labor shortage See in context

They will be required to pass a test demonstrating proficiency in the relevant field and the Japanese language. Those who go through the country's foreign trainee program will be exempt from the test and can stay for a total of 10 years.

So what happens when you've spent 10 years of your life in Japan, made friends, formed ties and feel like you've put your roots down in the new country? Deportation?

Japan seems to want the foreigners' labour, but not the foreigners. You can't have it both ways.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon, race walking courses to go by iconic landmarks See in context

A 42km run in the Japanese summer? Many athletes will collapse, and fingers crossed that nobody dies.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire over 'moms should care for toddlers' remark by lawmaker See in context

Japan is so behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to matters like these, it's almost laughable. Behind the cool, trendy modern facade there is a very traditional, conservative, and almost ancient attitudes in Japan that you don't even find in other Asian countries.

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Posted in: Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle See in context

I'm not one for the British royal nonsense, but I must admit I was looking forward to the broadcast and watched the whole thing with a glass of red in hand with the wife, reminiscing about the last time there was a royal wedding (in 2011) when we were dating! Congrats to the beautiful couple!

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