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About 4 days.
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"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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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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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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A lot of people make their own omochi.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Japanese economy does not appear to function that way.
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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Every year, a dwindling pool of working-age Japanese people is forced to support an expanding pool of gray-haired consumers. This is why Japan’s living standards are falling behind rich countries with growing populations. This means more adults are forced into spending hours doing elderly care, more taxes to pay for pensions and health care, and lower living standards for the elderly. See in context
Not only do the elderly in Japan all work, but their pensions are dropping rapidly, despite having paid into the scheme their entire lives.
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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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"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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