Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect See in context

Looking at the picture it would appear that SatNav is also banned.

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

While I support the protesters in HK (apart from the violence) what right does the US think it has to interfere in demonstrations within China. What would they think if China passed a law in support of the Black Lives Matter movement?

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Posted in: IMF urges Japan to double consumption tax to 20% by 2050 See in context

So 20% on top of national tax, local tax and welfare means that the government would be taking more than 50% of income from low income families.

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Posted in: How many hours a month do anime artists work in Japan? Survey finds crazy number, unhappy workers See in context

"Assuming a 20-day work month"

WTF this is Japan.

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Posted in: Many people can recall a school teacher who had a major influence on their lives. Was there such a teacher in your life and how did he or she influence you? See in context

Several teachers had a major influence on my life—they made me hate studying!

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Posted in: Do you think a four-day work week is practical in Japan? See in context

When they changed to a five-day week people said it would not succeed, but they seem quite happy with it now so I do not see why not.

However, as somebody who works a seven-day week I hope not as it will only make me more jealous.

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Posted in: Ex-entertainer Tashiro admits to drug possession charges See in context


Why do you suppose nothing will happen to him? I am genuinely interested to know.

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Posted in: Hong Kong campus stalemate persists as U.S. bill sets up China clash See in context

China should pass an American Minorities Human Rights and Democracy Act

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Posted in: Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria; 2 reported killed See in context

More illegal warmongering by Israel

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Posted in: China tells U.S., Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs See in context


Really? I had not noticed the French government making concessions or stepping down despite a whole year of demonstrations.

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Posted in: Police in talks with Setagaya family murder victims’ relatives about demolishing crime scene See in context

The house is inside a park. All the surrounding houses were demolished years ago and so I imagine Setagaya will pay to have it demolished.

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Posted in: Japan wants 'sensible response' from S Korea over intelligence pact See in context

I suppose that by 'sensible response', they mean one that Japan will benefit from.

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit over same-surname-after-marriage rule See in context

When we married my wife was not allowed to take my surname even if she wanted to as I was not Japanese. (At the time, women marrying foreigner could change their names and get a spouse visa too! There were no spouse visas for men)

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit over same-surname-after-marriage rule See in context

@Do the hustle,

The woman does not have to change her name if the husband changes his to hers, so men and women are treated equally.

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Posted in: Protesters blockade universities, stockpile makeshift weapons as chaos grips Hong Kong See in context

@ Akie

How about these for pro-democracy freedom fighters?

Following a young woman down the street, throwing her to the ground and beating her with metal pipes. All very brave.


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Posted in: Japan aims to keep elderly driving with compact EV subsidies See in context

What MarkX says.

I live 16 kilometers from the nearest supermarket and they stopped the local buses about 25 years ago. There is a mini bus that makes the trip twice in the morning and twice in the evening, but that is hardly practical. How are people expected to live if they do not drive? The only answer is for renewed investment in public transport.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police shoot protester as activists block streets See in context


As the person is not dead, it can hardly be described as a shoot to kill policy. On the whole the police appear to be showing remarkable restraint.

There have been a lot more injuries in the French demonstrations, does that make France a police state too?

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Posted in: Do you find Japan's rising sun flag offensive? See in context

I personally do not find it offensive, but then I never lived under Japanese colonial rule.

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Posted in: Former entertainer Tashiro arrested for 5th time over possession of drugs See in context

Why do people assume he has avoided prison when he hasn't?

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

Cash is much easier to use after a natural disaster and so it is better suited to Japan

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Posted in: Crowdfunding campaign to rebuild fire-ravaged Shuri Castle raises over Y290 mil See in context

And yet there are still people in Fukushima living in temporary accommodation eight years after the disaster.

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Posted in: Koike gives reluctant consent to Olympic race venue move but Tokyo won't pay for it See in context

So, it is no longer the Tokyo Olympics, we will have to call it the Japan Olympics.

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Posted in: Threat to U.S. elections not limited to Russia in 2020 See in context

Of course, America would never dream of interfering in another country's election.

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Posted in: Japan suddenly finds itself on the 'nuclear missile Ginza' See in context

Rather than buy more missiles surely it would be better to improve relations with one's neighbors.

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Posted in: Poll finds over 80% in Japan back female emperor See in context

Women were only barred from becoming Emperor in the Meiji period because the Emperor was the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, and it would not do for a woman to control the army. Now Japan no longer officially has an army, there should be no reason for there not to be an Empress again.

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Posted in: Japan should do more to alert its public of the growing military threat from China and rethink its rejection of offensive weapons. See in context

@ Sh1mon M4sada

"Its dominance has resulted in peace."

Tell that to the Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians.

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Posted in: Japan should do more to alert its public of the growing military threat from China and rethink its rejection of offensive weapons. See in context

China increases its military to counter the American threat and now Japan has to increase its military to counter the Chinese threat? Where will it all end?

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Posted in: 63-year-old man arrested for killing 88-year-old wife See in context

Trump is 24 years older than his wife but nobody seems to worry about that. It would appear that the people here are all sexist rather than ageist

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Posted in: Trump finds no simple fix in Syria, other world hotspots See in context

The US is in Syria illegally and should withdraw all its troops immediately.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN idol gets suspended term for marijuana possession See in context

Everybody is saying how outdated Japan is for this law, but it is only recently that some of the states in the US changed its laws. I am sure there are still a lot of people in prison there for dope offenses. It was legal in Japan until January 1946 when the American GHQ ordered the government to ban it.

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