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Posted in: Weak exports, not tax hike, could stall Japan's recovery See in context

I don't know much about economics outside of what I learned in high school and a marco economics class in college, but it sounds as if the BOJ is doing all it can do to manipulate the economy to sustain this illusion of growth when really it seems like the majority of the country's export economy rests on two industries: automobiles and electronics (people can only buy so many TVs and cars). I don't think there will ever be a substantial amount of growth in Japan and I believe we'll continue to see these small rise and falls until the economy diversifies itself a bit more.

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy jumps to death in front of train at Funabashi Station See in context

There is no problem ever too great where the only course of action is to kill yourself, especially at the age of 14. It saddens me to hear such a thing.

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Posted in: Police say banker killed himself after Y150 mil rogue trading loss See in context

My condolences go out to the family of this young man, but what a gutless coward. Instead of facing the consequences, his best strategy to escape punishment was to murder himself? Suicide is never the answer; it just creates more problems.

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Posted in: Specter of racism still haunts U.S. sports See in context

As a long time Clipper fan, Sterling being banned from the NBA and being forced to sell the team is the greatest thing that has ever happened for this franchise, for the league, and for our country. There is no room in this world for racism. Plain and simple.

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Posted in: Woman wrongly arrested by Osaka Pref police; 9th wrongful arrest since last July See in context

There are so many "WTH"s in this story.

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Posted in: Judge sets new line for adultery in landmark case See in context

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

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Posted in: Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension See in context

As someone who has worked in the Japanese education system for a while now, I do find myself agreeing with China and Korea that Japan doesn't adequately teach their youth about its militaristic past. That most of the war time history focuses too much on the atomic bombings and glosses over its Militaristic atrocities. "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."

However, I really don't understand what China and Korea hope to gain by forcing this issue so hard. For all the bad Japan has done in the past, they've also have done well to smooth over ties since WWII. And like the article says, all the constant hectoring only sparks a stronger backlash.

Aside from that, I think there are bigger issues NOW than squabbling over the scars from the past.

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Posted in: Japan lodges protest against China's seizure of Mitsui O.S.K ship See in context

Let me get this straight, China randomly impounded a freighter over unpaid bills from two sunken vessels from the 1930s even though they renounced war reparations from some agreement from 1972.

I feel like there has to be something more to this story that we're not hearing cause from this article China sounds insane. And if that is the case, this could set a precedence for any country to go back in time and file a complaint against any other aggressor nation. There is no way international courts would uphold this ruling.

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Posted in: Japan's trade deficit quadruples on-year in March to Y1.45 tril See in context

I'm no economist and no nothing about currency manipulation, so maybe someone out there can answer the question: is it better to have a strong currency or one that is roughly equal to other industrialized nations?

Based on Japan's situation, it really seems like it's all a wash. A strong currency limits exports but lowers the cost of imports and a competitive currency is vice versa.

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Posted in: Car being chased by police plunges into sea, killing driver See in context

@Mirai Hayashi That only raises more questions. Who is the woman? Why did he feel it was necessary to flee? Had he been drinking or did he simply just lose control?

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Posted in: Confused, chaotic scenes described on sinking ferry See in context

Just a terrible terrible tragedy. Sounds like more could have been done to save more lives, but hindsight is always 50/50. My love goes out to the families.

@Serrano I think it's one of those unspoken rules that a captain has to go down with the ship or until everyone is safe. However, I'm not sure how dated that is though.

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Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program See in context

Just give it up already Japan. Let's evolve our thinking people.

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Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s See in context

Everyone chill out, have a cup of coffee and relax. Is it really that big of a deal, let alone news-worthy, for an individual to attend her own son's entrance ceremony instead of her new students'? She'll be with them for the rest of the school year. And I highly doubt anyone will be permanently scared for the rest of their lives over this.

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Posted in: Man wielding an umbrella attempts to rob Urawa ward office See in context

Oh my gawds, he has an umbrella!

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Posted in: A taste of whale See in context

Well that's a slap in the face.

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Posted in: Poll on number of male virgins in Japan not all bad news See in context

I'm no dating guru but from experience I've noticed that to make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex is try to maintain a balanced lifestyle as best as possible.

Internet and technology are great ways to meet and connect with a wide range of people, but if you're an internet / cell phone fiend, for the love of God please put it down. Likewise, having a good relation with your mother is important, but having a mother complex does nothing for your sexual appeal. And if you're overweight, incorporate a daily walk / jog in your life. Balance is key.

Also, go as many Gokon as possible until you meet someone you really like. They are set up specifically to meet people of the opposite sex. It's genius. That's my advice to men wanting to break out of their "dry spell".

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Posted in: Taxzilla's coming! What to do? See in context

Let the frenzy begin.

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Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks See in context

Answering questions like a boss.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed by stalker despite consulting police 5 times See in context

I wonder, is there something equivalent to a US restraining order in in Japan? I know something of that nature wouldn't solve the stocking/harassment problem, but it'd at least give police enough reason to lock someone up before they stab someone. It's ludicrous that someone asks the police for help 5 times and they still got stabbed.

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Posted in: Women threaten sex boycott for any man who votes for Masuzoe See in context

I bet he DOESN'T have a binder full of women.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after colliding into 10 cars while under influence of herb See in context

Those "loophole" drugs are nasty business. On Vice Japan, there was a special on those things. If I remember correctly, they were plant food and some sort of toxins. Just stay away from that stuff.

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Posted in: Celebrities want to tie TPP trade pact with Japan to dolphin hunt See in context

If I'm not mistaking, I was under the impression that a lot of Japanese citizens already oppose TPP.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan, S Korea, China to overcome historical animosity See in context

Can't we all just get along?!

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Posted in: NHK manager's Nanjing denial no problem, gov't says See in context

NHK is Japan's version of Fox News.

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Posted in: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in his New York apartment See in context

A sad ending to a fantastic actor. RIP.

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Posted in: Olympic judo champion loses appeal over 5-year jail term for rape See in context

I think this is a very progressive step in the right direction. Globally, rape cases have been taken far too lightly in recent years especially against national icons. While many will argue about the duration of the sentence being a too light or too heavy, either way, a punishment was dulled out to a rapist and he will have to serve his time. I just hope the young woman receives the support and counseling she needs to move on from this horrible tragedy.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Inose to forego salary for one year See in context

Criminals get to sentence their own punishments now? Ridiculous. Kick this guy out of office and send him straight to jail. He's been corrupt, fraudulent and untruthful. What more do you need?

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Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game' See in context

First off, what really needs to be addressed is the false sense of security that these two women put themselves in. Young women, poorly lit streets, coming home at 1 am. These circumstances just invite trouble.

While "America's violent history", videogames, movies, etc may or may not give youths ideas of criminal acts, I believe it's way too simple to blame it on just that. These are unknown individuals who are committing heinous acts. What's going on in these peoples' lives, how they are raised, who their parents are, how they are treated by their peers, etc are in my opinion way more influential.

Lastly, we can sit around and debate where this is coming from, but no one bothers to think about what actions need to be taken in order to put a stop to this immediately.

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Posted in: Japanese diplomat held over arson, embezzlement at embassy in Congo See in context

Diplomatic immunity FTW! /sarcasm

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Posted in: Tempers flare in Diet over state secrets bill See in context

How are people suppose to make informed decisions without information?

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