Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks See in context

@ zichi

About 4 days.

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Posted in: Predictions for 2021: Crime, Olympics and data theft in magazine's spotlight See in context

"The athletes will be given smartphones incorporating a GPS application that will monitor their movements, making it difficult for them to slip into others' rooms."

So all they have to do is leave the smartphones in their rooms when they slip out.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

I am confused. When we see similar events occur in other countries—Venezuela and Belarus spring to mind although there are many, many more—the protesters are lauded in the US as representing 'true democracy' for trying to overthrow an election they do not agree with, but when it happens in America, people complain that it is insurrection.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context


Outside of the cities people over 70 have to drive because there is often no public transport.

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Posted in: There are concerns about the impact of telecommuting, online classes and other activities that will reduce personal interactions and decrease marriages. Even if the virus is contained, we don’t know if the number of births will return to normal. See in context


Employers should pay. Businesses had their corporate taxes reduced in order that they raise salaries but they merely invested the money instead.

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Posted in: 5 taken to hospitals in Tokyo after choking on mochi; one dies See in context

@ Vinke

A lot of people make their own omochi.

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Posted in: Only 30% of Fukushima residents happy with disaster recovery progress See in context

It is not only the Olympics that are to blame. The government collected a new reconstruction tax after the disaster, but the money was used for all kinds of other things—from roads in Okinawa to refitting the factory ship for the whalers.

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Posted in: Adult entertainment guidance center appears in Akihabara; some worry neighborhood is changing See in context

Akihabara is always changing. I remember when it was the site of a large fruit and vegetable market, shops electronic parts, etc., no anime, no maid cafes

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context

@El Rata

I was here for 16 years, paying my taxes, before I got PR. During that period I only returned to my home country for holidays 3 times so how would that country take care of me?

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Posted in: Japan rejects China's proposal for easing tensions over isle sovereignty See in context

What people writing here don't seem to realize is that when Japan normalized relations with China in 1972, the two country's agreed to shelve the question of the ownership of the islands until the governor of Tokyo, Ishihara, at the prompting of the American rightwing Heritage Foundation declared unilaterally that they were Japanese.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

People here are all complaining about Ghosn's arbitrary detention in Japan, but what about Julian Assange, who has been kept in solitary confinement in the UK for over one year without trial simply for reporting war crimes, or Chelsea Manning who was imprisoned for one year and fined $256,000 in the U.S. for refusing to incriminate a reporter.

As for paying Ghosn compensation, he is a criminal on the run from the law. If he wants compensation, he should first prove his innocence in a court of law.

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Posted in: Hope growing that married couples will be allowed to use different surnames See in context

The law was different when we married and my wife was not allowed to take my surname even if she wanted to (which of course she did not). If she wanted to change it now she would have to apply to the family court, as zichi says. Living in rural Japan, even though we explain that she was not permitted to change her name, all the neighbors think we are living in sin.

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 29-year high; nears 26,000 mark on Japan's GDP growth See in context

@Sindhoor GK

The Japanese economy does not appear to function that way.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. defense chiefs confirm Senkakus come under security pact See in context


The Chinese are only copying the Japanese concept of territorial rights as demonstrated by Okinotori island, for which they claim a 400,000 square mile EEZ

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 29-year high; nears 26,000 mark on Japan's GDP growth See in context

"Nikkei ends at 29-year high; nears 26,000 mark"

Which means there has been no growth in almost 30 years. Meanwhile, the Dow is 5 times what it was 29 years ago. Hardly what I would call "kicking butt".

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Posted in: Don't move See in context

It seems only recently that people were allowed to walk on escalators and now they are going back to the old way again.

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Posted in: Man stabbed, robbed of ¥70,000 in Tokyo park See in context

P. Smith

Exactly, and two decades ago a lot of people would walk around with ¥70,000 in their pockets. That is what a cash society is.

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Posted in: Japan considerig large ship as alternative to land-based Aegis system See in context

The best way to counter missile threats posed by North Korea would be to nurture friendly relations with them instead of antagonizing them at every opportunity.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

I have stopped at pedestrian crossings when riding my motorbike only to have cars behind me blow their horns and swerve around me!

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Posted in: Young bears are now living closer to where humans are. Those kinds of bears are completely used to the noises human society makes, including car sounds, and aren't scared of us. If the acorn harvest is bad like it has been this year, they immediately come into people's living spaces. See in context


It is because of the famous depopulation of Japan's rural communities that the bears live in close proximity to humans. Before, the fields and mountains were cared for and the bears kept away, but now the fields are becoming overgrown and the forest is coming right up to people's houses so the bears don't realize they are not supposed to be there.

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Posted in: Second night of clashes in Philadelphia after police kill Black man See in context

For those making excuses for the excessive use of force, I would like to point out that you do not see this happening in Japan, even when the suspect is armed with a firearm.

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Posted in: Rate of fatal U.S. police shootings of unarmed Black people '3 times higher than for whites' See in context


If you bothered to read the rest of the article you would see that "Given the makeup of the U.S. population, the researchers calculated that Native Americans were three times more likely to be shot dead than white people, while Black people were more than 2.5 times, and Hispanic people 29 percent more likely."

Furthermore: "also relative to population size -- Black people were 3.18 times more likely to be fatally shot than white people, while the rate was 1.45 times higher for Hispanic people."

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. begin military exercise as concern about China grows See in context

The people here seem to choose to forget that China built the bases in the South China sea and began to rearm in earnest in response to Obama's 'Pivot to Asia', which Beijing saw as the United States having hostile intentions toward China and trying to contain it militarily.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. begin military exercise as concern about China grows See in context

I take it that this is an example of "Japan being opposed to any actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea" that Suga was talking about.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

It is 18 in the UK, 17 in most of the States in America (where they are also still not allowed to buy alcohol) so why not 18 in Japan?

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

"Japan is opposed to any actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea"

Does this mean that Japan will cease sending its warships into the South China Sea to threaten China?

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Posted in: Ginza subway station in Tokyo renovated to show elegance See in context

@ Reckless

Exactly what I was going to say.

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