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Posted in: Another top bureaucrat quits scandal-hit education ministry See in context

Whenever and wherever there is political allocation of resources, corruption and favoritism is to be expected.

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Posted in: Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

In my opinion, Abe is the best among existing alternatives. For those of you who will disagree, i urge you to properly examine all alternatives and put things into context. Then again, it also depends on your overall understanding of economics and politics.

For me personally, there are 3 main reasons for supporting Abe among the alternatives.

1 - Immigration and foreign labor. No other PM has ever done more, so fast, to make it easy for businesses to hire foreign labor, and to loosen the immigration restrictions, as well as pledging to allow almost half a million foreign workers to enter the labor market in just 2 years.

2 - Privatization. Abe has pledged to privatize many infrastructure companies, such as airports, sewage system and the water supply system. This will cut spending, reduce bureaocracy and administration, and increase efficiency and standards of living.

3 - Increase retirement age. This is necessary for many reasons.

As a bonus, i also support the constitutional amendments because i think it's important for Japan to have an independent foreign policy, and they can't have that without an active military.

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Posted in: Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit See in context

''Unacceptable demands''? And this is coming from a country whose foreign minister said, quote: our foreign policy is to have our cake, and eat it too. A country that has for decades been given countless special policies and exceptions that put them in a privilaged position within the EU. A country that left the EU because they claimed ''the EU need us, we don't need them, we will get eveerything we want, eveeryone will beg for us to trade with them'', and now they are accusing the EU of having unacceptable demands? Merkel was right when she said -- some people in England live in another dimension.

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Posted in: 5 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan urge gov't to legalize same-sex marriage See in context

It's a wonderful opportunity to showcase to the world, the inclusive Japan

Yeah but.. it's not inclusive. It's not inclusive at all, in fact, it's the opposite of being inclusive.

But to their point, it would be wonderful to portray that positive image, and it doesn't have to be true either, i mean, look at England. They are just as exclusive and closed as Japan is, yet they have managed to portray a very positive image of themselves. Japan should definitely learn from them.

By the way, why is gay marriage illegal in Japan? In Europe and America it's for religious reasons, but what about Japan?

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Posted in: Japan-U.S. trade talks to be delayed after new U.S. tariffs on China See in context

@Matt Hartwell

''They'' don't, because ''they'' want to protect ''them''selves from foreign competition.

First of all, not all American produced food is GM, and second, why not let the Japanese people decide what they wanna buy for themselves, instead of telling them what they should and shouldn't? It's because the whole GM health issue mantra is a pretext for the Japanese agriculture lobbies-run bureaucrats to not allow foreign competition.

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Posted in: Kono says Japan will accept more foreign workers See in context

"It's good to have diversity. It's good to have an open policy," Kono said.

A foreign minister uttering this statement would have been absolutely unthinkable to even imagine just 5 years ago, let alone 10 or more years ago.

What we are witnessing happening in Japan is a very good example of how change happens in a society. It almost always happens as a result of external forces pushing internal changes. I cannot think of an exception to this rule. Japan today is where England was about 10 to 15 years ago. In 10 to 15 years from now, Tokyo will become very multicultural place, just like London.

Remember, change is never accepted, let alone welcomed anywhere in the world. It is always opposed, resisted, and eventually accepted.

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Posted in: Abe, Ishiba face off in debate over economy, constitution See in context

This is a choice between the lesser of two evils. Shigeru Ishiba is correctly pointing some of the problems of the Japanese economy, however his understanding of the solution is not accurate. He thinks in terms of increasing the revenue of the central government, rather than how to reduce spending. In this regard, Abe has it right, because while his economic policies are wrong, just like Ishiba said, at least he has recognized the need to reduce spending, that's why he is trying to privatize a lot of State companies. This is the right way to go. The retirement age must be increased, and taxes must be reduced, but this cannot happen unless there is also a reduction in spending.

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Posted in: Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia See in context

Whoever is saying this cartoon is racist IS the real racist, because he is assuming that if you make fun of a person who just happens to be Black, then you are doing it because of the color of the skin, not the content of their character. People like that see only color, and nothing else. These people are the real racists. Serena acted exactly the way she is depicted in the cartoon, and she does look like it too. This has nothing to do with her skin, but trying to make it so proves that these people see nothing but skin color, which IS what racism is all about.

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Posted in: Russia to launch biggest war games in its history See in context

@BigYen

Russia IS a Western country, because ''The Western World'' is Europe and its offshoots. Western - Eastern Europe are cold war terms. The real actual western Europe is not the one you are thinking of, and same goes for eastern Europe. There two words are not actual cultura entities, or any sort of regions based on culture or anything of that sort. The 3 major branches of Christianity are Protestant - Catholic and Orthodox. They are all the same religion, the main difference between them being who is in charge of the church. However, very few people in Europe are actually religious.

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Posted in: Russia to launch biggest war games in its history See in context

The word ''The West'' is by far the most abused word of the 21st century. It is a symbol of human stupidity and group-ism. What used to be merely a geographical term has now become a superiority status like cult. I don't see Russia 'rattleting'' Brazil, so therefore no, it's not ''ratteling the West''. In fact, i don't see anybody ''rattled'' other than the English tabloid editors who apparently see themselves as being in charge of the narrative.

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

First of all, trade deficit does not matter, fiscal deficits matter. And second, there is no trade deficit because trade is not a zero sum game. When the Japanese export stuff to America, the dollars they get find their way back to America in one form or another. It's a case of the seen vs the unseen. The more dollars they accumulate, the more their value in relation to the yen decrease, which makes the yen more valuable, and buying dollars less profitable. This process continues until a balance is reached.

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Posted in: Russia says more trust-building needed for Kuriles deal with Japan See in context

Do they really think they'll get all the 4 islands?

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Posted in: Abe suggests desire for constitutional revisions in SDF meeting See in context

The Japanese government is run by ultra nationalists and historical revisionists, but i am in favor of the constitutional changes. If Japan had its own military, and not rely on the US for protection, their international diplomacy, in particular towards China will change drastically. Right now, many of the ultra nationalists in Japan feel emboldened to talk tough with China because they know America is protecting them. If they knew they are on their own, they will be more careful how they conduct themselves internationally.

Also, another important article that has to be removed from the constitution is the article that monopolizes the postal services. Under the current constitution, the private sector is barred from providing postal services. That is a ridiculous clause that benefits only the bureaucrats.

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Posted in: Panasonic to move UK headquarters on Brexit fears See in context

The decision was sparked by fears that Japan could treat Britain as a tax haven after Brexit if London decides to lower its corporate tax rate in a bid to attract businesses, she said.

This doesn't make any sense. So Panasonic moved because they were afraid they would pay fewer taxes if they stay?

Abadie told the newspaper that Panasonic had been considering a move for the past 15 months, with concerns about barriers to the flow of people and goods also a factor in the decision to move.

This makes a lot more sense.

Overall, it is the uncertainty that causes businesses to move. Businesses want stability.

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Posted in: Japan's economy minister says Trump misunderstands trade See in context

Japanese consumers pay 4 times the market value for agricultural products because of the Japanese protectionism, and now the very same minister of trade.. who is the chief engineer of the Japanese protectionism.. and whose job is to get bribed by whoever is liking to bribe him the most.. is accusing the least protectionist nation of protectionism. It's like they have no sense of awareness.

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Posted in: Japan's economy minister says Trump misunderstands trade See in context

The epitome of irony and hypocrisy. The minister of trade.. whose job is to REGULATE trade is accusing Trump of misunderstanding FREE trade. Oh my lord.

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Posted in: Venezuela slams Kono's remarks as interference See in context

How about restore Capitalism, Property rights and Rule of Law instead?

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

I believe they have had recognition for 25 years at least.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/postwar/issue9308.html

https://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/policy.html

https://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/pmletter.html

So where is the recognition? I read the first two links, and i did not see any recognition or admission of guilt. Maybe you can highlight it for me. Also, you are being dishonest if you intentionally ignore the fact that dozens of high ranking Japanese politicians, including Prime Ministers, Mayors and so on have been consistently denying or downplaying these war crimes, even going as far as insulting the victims by making antagonizing statements. How do you expect someone to believe you when you keep making these vague statements in which you never make admission of guilt, and then you loudly deny what you just said.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

Deep remorse for what? For losing the war? Or for invading other countries and slaughtering millions of civilians? Once again, the key parts are either omitted or intentionally made vague so they can be interpreted differently by the domestic and international audience.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

Asking for apology and compensation is counterproductive to their case in my opinion. What would be more productive is to ask for recognition.

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Posted in: Japan wage growth hits 21-year high See in context

The wage increase means nothing because it gets cancelled by the inflation of consumer prices. It doesn't matter if you get paid 10% more, if the consumer prices now cost 10% more. The only result of the inflation is to kill the savings, which in tern kills the capital investment, which means less investment in productivity, less loans for new businesses or expansion of existing businesses.

I would appreciate if JT publish the latest figures on capital investment and savings.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan tweaks monetary policy with inflation target distant See in context

Why would you want to lift prices? Why would anyone want higher prices? The absurdity and ridiculousness of this mindless conformity can only be described with The King's New Clothes. Ask ANY normal average ordinary random Japanese person on the streets who doesn't have a clue about economics or academia, ask them if they want higher prices or lower prices. Average people have more senses than these idiots who run the banks and the government. Economic expansion DOES NOT mean increase of money supply, it means INCREASE IN PRODUCTION and INVESTMENT. It means MORE STUFF. More Stuff means LOWER PRICES, as the economy expands, prices must go down as productivity and production increases, that's when people have higher standards of living. For these bankers and politicians, day is night, night is day. Common sense and basic observation and elementary logic simply does not exist.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's willingness to join TPP, pledges support See in context

You can tell Britain is desperate. Tokyo alone has bigger economy than the entire UK, if they join the TPP, they will be nothing more but a subservient pet to Japan, then again, they used to be subservient to America up until now, so they should have no problem re-adjusting to a new overlord.

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Posted in: Japan, Germany agree to promote free trade, rules-based order See in context

Funny because neither Japan nor Germany have ''free trade''. They have ''managed trade'', that's why they love having 'trade deals'' with others. The very fact that you want to have a trade deal means that you do not want to have free trade, you want to have managed trade, free trade is the absence of any deals.

Also, ''rules based order'' sounds so nice, but who made the rules? The powers that be, or to be more precise, the powers that WERE, and now those same rules are being challenged by the powers that ARE. How selfish of them to oppose or try to challenge rules designed to serve the interests of the former powers.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

He is right. But it's not ''Japan'' as a nation, it's the corrupt bureaucrats bribed by the corporate lobby. Most Japanese are in favor of opening up the economy for more competition.

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Posted in: Crime in Japan at lowest postwar level in 1st half of 2018 See in context

Correction: REPORTED crime. Big difference.

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Posted in: At NATO, Trump slams Germany as Russian 'captive' See in context

Europe is not to be bullied by their child.

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Posted in: Trump trade war to become reality as China tariffs hit See in context

Tariffs hurt the people that consume. Americans consume those products, not the Chinese. China can either export them to another country, or let their currency rise so their own people can consume what they produce. Americans do not produce anything, they just consume.

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Posted in: University professor tweets sexual harassment is his hobby See in context

This just shows the low level of higher education in Japan.

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Posted in: 3 WWII Japanese Navy subs found almost intact in Sea of Japan See in context

It's called East Sea.

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