Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Man forgets wallet with ¥2.8 million in it on Yamanote line; cleaner who found it nabbed See in context

@rcch

If we are talking about Japan I would say that the number would be pretty high. Particularly with so much money involved people would be more likely to hand it in,

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Posted in: Man forgets wallet with ¥2.8 million in it on Yamanote line; cleaner who found it nabbed See in context

@oldman–13

I take it that you do not live in Japan. If you did you would know that in nearly all cases the wallet will be returned with all the cash inside.

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Posted in: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern See in context

@ Serrano

If Iran and Saudi Arabia fight a full-scale war it will wipe out middle eastern oil supplies and with the U.S. blocking Venezuelan oil that will just leave Russia and the U.S.

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Posted in: Japan to build central database to bolster remote island monitoring See in context

@ jiji Xx

No, the database will not prevent it on its own, but it will allow the government to enlarge the islands if they show signs of shrinking, like the do with Okinotorijima.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Cameron 'sorry' for creating Brexit divisions See in context

What a loser! He's even lost the distinction of being the worst Prime Minister ever!

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Posted in: If you work in Japan, how much Japanese-language ability is needed in your job? See in context

I'm a translator, so quite a lot.

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Posted in: 5-year-old boy hit by police car on crossing last month dies See in context

@Bugle Boy of Company B

Being a policeman he is supposed to set an example and therefore should be punished more heavily than any other driver

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

@ Mister X

If you bothered to look it up you would see that it was never the national flag. In 1870 it was adopted as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army, then in 1889, it was adopted as the naval ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The flag is currently flown by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Japan did not have a national flag until 1868, when they adopted the Hinomaru, which had been used by the Tokugawa bakufu, as this was familiar to Westerners who assumed it to be the national flag.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_Flag

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

@Beer4Me

You say that TEPCO has to burden most of the cost, but of course they do not, we do! The way that the power companies were set up, TEPCO and the rest of Japan’s ten electric power companies are allowed to pass electricity costs, fuel costs, personnel costs, costs of facility maintenance, and OTHER expenses—plus profit— on to the consumer: this system is known as an ‘overall base-price scheme’. Whatever they do, they cannot lose money.

https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=KkD9AgAAQBAJ&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=tepco+price+system+expense+plus+profit&source=bl&ots=AmiA8Oo9h-&sig=ACfU3U2T6qlMT4zOgqgpyx9mjchpmoecgA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwig1JLI78XkAhWM_qQKHb00DNwQ6AEwDHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=tepco%20price%20system%20expense%20plus%20profit&f=false

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Posted in: British lawmakers prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay See in context

@Tangerine2000

The whole point of the EU was to help avoid war between the current members and it has succeeded in that since 1945. When has NATO ever prevented a war? It has participated in a few but I don't remember it ever preventing one.

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Posted in: Undeclared N Korean base has missile capable of striking Japan: study See in context

@ lincolnman

North Korea has had missiles that could reach Japan for years, it has nothing to do with Trump

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Posted in: Hong Kong protesters call on Trump to 'liberate' the city See in context

Did U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday urge France to exercise restraint in Paris during the yellow vest protests? The police were much less restrained there with 24 protesters losing eyes.

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Posted in: Hong Kong protesters call on Trump to 'liberate' the city See in context

What does the "Chinese-ruled city" mean? It is a Chinese city.

You may as well say, the American-ruled city of New York.

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Posted in: Nissan mulls pulling out of S Korea, Financial Times reports See in context

@Ossan

Actually it started by making Cortinas in cooperation with Ford and then developed its first car using by a team of British engineers.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

@Fox Sora Winters

It is better because when you are writing about Japanese history, the names suddenly change order in the Meiji period. Putting the surname in uppercase helps but it is still confusing. And before you ask, you cannot use the Western name order on old names because there are those with a 'no' in between the surname and first name, ie. Ike-no-Taiga.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

@ klausdorth

Yes, I did read the article. It is a well-known fact that the Koreans and Chinese have retained their native name order, it is only that Japanese that did not in their rush to adopt all things Western during the Meiji period.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

@ Vince Black

In what way is it arrogant? It is the East Asian way, nobody complains that the Koreans or Chinese have retained their native name order. It is more arrogant for Westerners to insist that they use the Western method.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya district is most famous for its iconic scramble crossing and the Hachiko statue. Do you ever go there to see or do anything else? See in context

Yes, to shop, eat and drink. As Mocheake says, I cannot understand why that particular crossing became famous.

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Posted in: Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima plant's radioactive water See in context

No explanation why the radiation has increased over the last week or so then.

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Posted in: Japan’s problem with noise pollution See in context

I live in the country and when I measured the noise of the cicadas just now it was 77.9 db. so yes, Japan is a very noisy country.

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Posted in: The custom of vacating space on one side is a relic of the years when people believed the faster, the better and placed great importance on efficiency. See in context

For the people who gave me a thumbs down, I looked it up. It started in Japan in Osaka during the 70s but did not catch on in Tokyo until the mid-90s, so as I said, around 20 years.

https://www.newsweekjapan.jp/marukawa/2019/05/post-48.php

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Posted in: The custom of vacating space on one side is a relic of the years when people believed the faster, the better and placed great importance on efficiency. See in context

Standing on one side is a relatively new thing in Japan, I remember when they stood on both sides. It can't be more than ten or twenty years since it started.

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Posted in: Estimates cast doubt over Japan's public pension sustainability See in context

Why should people get a percentage of their pre-retirement income? Everybody should get the same and it should be enough live on, not 79,000 yen per month as it is now.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' memorial unveiled in Manila See in context

@ Ganbare Japan!

Disappointing. I thought Duterte was a good leader and very close friend of Japan by ordereing the statues removal before. Is he being paid by Korea or PRC to allow it now?

If you bothered to read the story you would know that the statue is now in a church where he has no jurisdiction

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' memorial unveiled in Manila See in context

@ pacificwest

The Japanese army forced teenage Dutch civilian prisoners of war to serve as 'comfort women'. They were not prostitutes but the Japanese government still refuses to apologize or offer compensation, to any but the Koreans.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-17/jan-ruff-oherne-comfort-woman-wwii-japanese-government-apology/7174174

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/01/national/media-national/uncomfortable-truth-comfort-women/

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Posted in: It's important to stop at the nearest parking area if you face such an incident while driving on an expressway. If you are driving on a regular road, stop at a gas station or a place where there are some people and alert the police. See in context

Easier said than done. The problem is that the victim was forcibly stopped in the middle of the expressway and did not have the opportunity to reach a parking area.

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Posted in: Violence poses conundrum to Hong Kong protest movement See in context

People are all talking about democracy, but Hong Kong had not democracy under British rule, it was just something that Patton did immediately before handover to piss off the Chinese (who incidentally allowed it to remain)

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Posted in: Japan tells U.S. of plan to offer robots for denuclearizing N Korea See in context

We have seen how effectively they have denuclearized Fukushima

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Posted in: China instructs fishermen to stay clear of Senkakus See in context

When Tanaka normalized relations with China the two countries agreed to shelve the question of ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and there was no problem at all until the American Heritage Foundation and Ishihara decided to create one.

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