Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

It is just like carrying guns in the U.S., an outdated, barbaric custom that is quite unnecessary but will never be changed.

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

@klausdorth

How about offering bus services, as I said earlier, in many rural areas they no longer have buses.

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

In rural areas public transport services are being abandoned by local authorities as uneconomic while local shops are being put out of business by large supermarkets etc., often ten or fifteen kilometers away. The local government won't even take away large items of trash—they have to be driven to the dump. People have no option but to drive so the best solution would be to provide regular, cheap public transport.

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Posted in: Organizers to install latest surveillance system at 2020 Games See in context

The total number of security cameras in 2020 will outstrip that of previous Games because of the number of venues.

Whatever happened to the 'compact, sustainable games' promised when Tokyo put in its bid?

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Posted in: Abe vows to take step-by-step approach to resolve territorial dispute with Russia See in context

Russia will never return them as long as there is the slightest danger of the US military building a base there (which is something that they do not rule out)

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Posted in: Japan's stance on Venezuela remains vague See in context

Why not just leave it to the Venezuelans to decide, it has nothing to do with any other nation.

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Posted in: Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan pullouts See in context

Nobody seems to worry about the fact that it is totally illegal for American troops to be in Syria in the first place.

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Posted in: Fans call out Ariana Grande for misspelled Japanese tattoo See in context

She is not really to be blamed, it certainly does mean seven rings, but the Japanese have a strange thing about names for things connected with fires, as noted, a grill is called ‘seven rings’, a trivet is ‘five virtues’ (gotoku 五徳) and a fire shovel is ’ten abilities’ (junō 十能).

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

@ Samit Basu

So you find no problem with the fact that for the last 65 years the U.S. had command over Korean forces in Korea in time of war?

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged by lawmakers to take action against S Korea See in context

Why does everybody give SJ the thumbs down simply for presenting a link to the opinion of Japanese legal experts on the subject? Did they even bother to read the experts views or were they just reacting against what they deemed to be anti-Japanese bias?

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Posted in: Man gets 16 years in prison for Osaka road rage murder in 2018 See in context

@strangerland

If he was referring to himself I would have thought that he would have been more likely to say 'mo oshimai da'. 'Hai, owari' is more 'job done'.

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Posted in: S Korea accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight See in context

The problem is that Japan went to the media in the first place, surely this could have been settled quietly by bureaucrats in each country without Japan trying to whip up nationalistic fervor.

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Posted in: Democrats aren't buying Trump's shutdown-ending 'compromise' See in context

As a non-American I find it amazing that one man has the power to shut down a nation's government, no wonder the US is only 21 in the world's democracy rankings.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been making at least one and sometimes two overseas trips a month over the past few years. Do you think that is too many for a prime minister? See in context

The trouble is that when he goes abroad, he keeps promising to give other people our tax money.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to take steps against 'fake news' by June See in context

Does this include all the fake news issued by the government?

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Posted in: Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian See in context

Maybe the government should offer them the same deal they gave the U.S. for Okinawa—pay a huge sum of money up front, let them keep all their military bases, pay for the upkeep and development of the bases and then give them a further $4,411,340,000 annually as omoiyari yosan to pay for the troops stationed there.

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Posted in: Nissan top exec Munoz resigns amid broadened Ghosn probe See in context

@Ex-Res

Japan's legal system isn't heading anywhere—it has always been like this but nobody cared until a rich foreigner was caught up in it.

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Posted in: U.S. to hold missile drill on Okinawa: report See in context

And this is why Russia will not be handing the South Kuril islands.

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Posted in: Have you ever made a New Year resolution that you actually kept? If so, what was it? See in context

Yes. Gave up smoking

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Posted in: Tokyo court approves detention of ex-Nissan boss Ghosn until Jan 11 See in context

@Ascissor

However, the prosecution are advantaged over the defense as they are able to decide which evidence should be presented in court and hide evidence that may exonerate the suspect.

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Posted in: New allegations against Ghosn concern payments to Saudi businessman See in context

@kouwaicoffee

less corruption?

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Posted in: Costs for scrapping 79 nuclear facilities estimated at ¥1.9 tril See in context

And that is on top of the estimated 20 trillion to clean up the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

@Schopenhauer

Japan has already decided not to use the swastika to denote temples on tourists maps, so it is not just Google

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/plans-to-ditch-swastika-as-temple-symbol-on-tourist-maps-in-japan-met-with-criticism-a6821526.html

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Posted in: Polled economists say Japan should raise sales tax above 10% to fund welfare costs: See in context

Every time there has been a rise in the consumption tax it has been for 'welfare', but afterwards the money is always used for something else.

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Posted in: Body of newborn infant found floating in river See in context

@Slickdrifter

I hardly think that it is the dark side of Japan, I am sure that the same thing happens in other places too.

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Posted in: Group sues over next emperor's enthronement funding See in context

There they go, ignoring the Constitution again, no wonder they want to rewrite it.

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Posted in: Another Brexit referendum is a terrible idea See in context

Considering the pro-Brexit party lied and broke the finance laws during the last referendum, perhaps it would be a good idea to hold a more honest one.

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Posted in: Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020 See in context

Why bother changing the Constitution, the government ignores most of the time anyway.

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Posted in: Prince's remarks become hot topic in Japan See in context

@ Kapuna

The fuss is not about the use of public funds to install a monarch on the Imperial throne, it is about the government spending taxpayers' money to perform a deification ceremony, which is purely religious and therefore breaches the constitution.

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