Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Bicycle traffic violations hit record high as cycling booms amid pandemic See in context

"Other violations include 1,555 cases of failure to stop at a stop sign"

I honestly don't think I have ever seen a bicycle stop at a stop sign.

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Posted in: Japanese sex business operator sues state over virus cash handout snub See in context


"Name one such Diet member or any official in any office throughout Japan that has not visited a place such as love hotels, sex bars etc."

What a sweeping statement. While I am unable to to give any names I am sure that many of them have not visited such a place.

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Posted in: Japanese sex business operator sues state over virus cash handout snub See in context

@Ken WyattToday

"The pachinko parlours that refused to close during the pandemic are the ones who shouldn't receive anything. They should be fined instead."

What should they be fined for? They did not break any laws.

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Posted in: Japan ready to become permanent U.N. Security Council member: Motegi See in context

Japan only ever does what the U.S. says so it would be pointless to give them a seat on the Security Council and if they did, they would also have to award a seat to somebody who was not under America's control to balance things out.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted rape of teenage girl suspect in similar crimes See in context


She might be a university student or somebody who came to Tokyo to work. In their late teens they are adults and quite able to live on their own.

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Posted in: PM hopeful Suga says he may need help from Abe on diplomacy See in context

That is a strange thing to say considering Abe is probably the most undiplomatic Prime Minister ever. Just look at the mess he has made with the Koreas.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for killing man with cassette gas torch burner See in context

What Ego Sum Lux Mundi said

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Posted in: Trump calls Abe 'greatest prime minister in Japan's history' See in context

@ Yubaru

At least prior to Abe, the diet would meet to decided things. Now everything is decided solely by the cabinet.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher apologizes for peeing on students’ futon during club retreat See in context

"tatami reed floors and futon sleeping mats"

Surely that should be tatami mats and futon sleeping quilts.

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Posted in: U.S. defense chief says China destabilizing Pacific See in context

I agree with Vanessa and Goodluck, but the 'like' button does not work.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister and his lawmaker wife plead not guilty to vote buying See in context


More to the point, what did the LDP think they would do with the 150 milion yen the party kindly gave them?

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Posted in: Rule, Britannia! BBC ditches singalong lyrics amid colonial rethink See in context

No they have not ditched it.

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Posted in: Arrested lawmaker's fingerprints found on bills offered as bribe See in context

@ Spitfire

Not necessarily, people who have not been here so long may not know that an ex-Prime Minister and influential politician, Tanaka Kakuei, was sentenced to prison, it was only luck (?) that he died while his appeal was still going through.

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Posted in: Dogs and technology keep crop-eating monkeys at bay See in context


They are not cute, they can be quite vicious, one once tried to attack my wife.

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Posted in: Dogs and technology keep crop-eating monkeys at bay See in context

I agree with goodlucktoyou, and you don't need 'specially trained dogs', all dogs hate monkeys–there is even a Japanese proverb to that effect. When monkeys come to our village, our dog chases them halfway up the mountain on the opposite side of the valley and they don't come back for several months.

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Posted in: LDP lawmakers form group to seek stronger control of disputed islands See in context


It was Japan that started the problem with the islands, not Xi

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Posted in: I didn't even know the term 'rojo-ne' before coming to Okinawa. I think it's a phenomenon unique to Okinawa. See in context

It is not uniquely Okinawan. Our local ALT in Gunma did that, slept on the bypass when he was drunk and a truck drove over him.

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Posted in: Central Japan residents to seek injunction to stop maglev train work See in context


When they built the shinkansen to Karuizawa they simply cut the existing mainline between Yokokawa and Karuizawa. Now you have to take a 30 minute train ride to Takasaki to catch the exorbitantly expensive shinkansen to get to Karuizawa.

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Posted in: Plastic bag usage at Japanese stores down by 50%, but plastic bags sales through the roof See in context

I have a large dog. What alternatives do you suggest for cleaning up after it.

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Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment remaining from the World War II era almost non-existent in countries like Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, unlike in China and South Korea? See in context

Taiwan was an older colony and was not treated as badly by the Japanese as Korea or China

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker wants sales tax ditched See in context

@Bugle Boy

Why? Raise inheritance tax and remove income tax.

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Posted in: Japan will respond if S Korea seizes Japanese assets: Aso See in context

It is estimated that Aso Mining used approximately 10,000 slave laborers (including POWs) in its mines during the war so it is hardly surprising that Aso should be upset about this development.

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Posted in: What 'uyoku dantai' and Japanese alt-right groups want See in context

While I do not agree with the rest of their agenda, "Abolishing the consumption tax and creating a progressive income tax" seems like a good idea to me. Let the rich pay their fair whack like they used to.

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Posted in: Helpful tips See in context

What foreign visitors?

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Posted in: Trump says he'll act to ban TikTok in U.S. as soon as Saturday See in context

I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that young people are said to have used Tiktok to spoil Trump's first campaign rally in Tulsa.

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Posted in: U.S. says it will help Japan monitor Chinese incursion around disputed islands See in context

Everybody here seems to forget or have never bothered to learn that there was no problem concerning the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands for 30 years until Japan decided to go back on its promise (at the urging of the American Heritage Institute) to shelve the question of ownership that was made between Prime Minister Tanaka and the Chinese premier Zhou Enlai at their summit in 1972.

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Posted in: Hong Kong protest leader fired from university teaching job See in context

@Peter Wright

Fired for violent protest whereas in the USA a professor was fired for jokingly listing 52 US cultural sites for Iran to bomb, including Mall of America and the ‘Kardashian residence’.

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Posted in: Chinese authorities take control of U.S. consulate in Chengdu See in context


"Haha so true. Which one has detention camps? Which one disregards international law? Which one has sent state agents to spy on and arrest it's citizens protesting for retaining freedom and liberty? Which one has recently broken an international agreement? Which one blows way too much money on 'defence'?"

You are talking about America, right?

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Posted in: Chinese authorities take control of U.S. consulate in Chengdu See in context


"The definition of a "democracy":

"a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives."

According to the 2016 figures, an estimated 6.1 million people are disenfranchised and only the very rich are in a position to run for office so no, it does meet the necessary criteria.

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