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Posted in: N Korea to scrap missile sites if U.S. reciprocates; Kim to visit Seoul See in context

Hehe, now we have Kim working for world peace. I wonder who buys it.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chief asks Abe to consider daylight saving time See in context

Daylight saving time should be introduced once and for all. In summer, the sun rises before 4 am and sets down around 7 pm. It feels so much better to be able to sleep well in the morning and have more light hours after work to enjoy.

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Posted in: Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing See in context

No amount of recreating the bombings will ever match the reason WHY the bombings were absolutely necessary.

So that you can sleep well at night.

They should be thanking the US, not wallowing in self pity

Tell that to the civilian victims and the family members who survived those who died. to Tell that to the mothers who lost their children in the bombings.

Or even better, try to put yourself in their shoes and see whether you would be able to thank the Americans for killling your loved ones.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

wtfjapanAug. 6 01:55 pm JSTYes, of course - all victims should be remembered but each country can do it's own mourning as well, surely? absolutely, but let do it without pointing the finger at others for your suffering,

Yet, it is not exactly finger-pointing. It is rather a reaction to all the posts of previous years saying how Japan deserved it (yet, they never acknowledged that the bombs killed  hundreds of thousands of civilians  - mostly women, children and old men who never fought or killed anybody) and perpetuated the hypothesis that the bombs saved millions of American lives; that, despite the fact that Japan was on its knees, starved of food, munitions and young men, if it  had not been for the bombs,  the Japanese would have continued to fight for years, etc. etc. 

Being the winner of a war can be a sweet thing but as times change perceptions change, too, and eventually the winners have to face the truth as well.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker says LGBT couples lack 'productivity' See in context

Yes, the backward thinking! Here we go again.

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Posted in: Trump could have been dealer of the free world See in context

But continue to ignore the single most successful Presidency in modern history as you wish. But it'll get pretty hard for you with the President Trump's popularity at an all time high, 

I really needed something to laugh at. Thanks for supplying the above statement!

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Posted in: The issues of worker exploitation by employers and long working hours have recently captured public attention, so young people today are strongly conscious of the negative aspects of working for companies. Putting more priority on their private lives, an increasing number of people wish to work relatively short hours and be promoted to positions that are not too high but not so low. See in context

Really, Disillusioned?

Guess your recipe for success in life is the youth (and everybody else of course) working long hours without almost any time for private life?

Work efficiency and long working hours are two different things, aren't they? You should know.  After all, you also complain about the Japanese staying in the office late even when they do not have so much to do there.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

Samit Batsu

There is no point in comparing the Japanes and Korean teams. While there are many ifs and what ifs the fact remains that the Japanese team is going to the next stage thanks to a well calculated though boring game. Not the first nor the last team to have done so.

Meaningless nastiness and bitterness over this.

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Posted in: Airbnb hopes to make rules simpler for home-rental services in Japan See in context

The main concerns people have are seeing strangers (foreigners) in their building or neighbourhood, and guests not sorting trash properly. 

I think it depends on the place. My Japanese neighbors are fine with me and a few other foreigners living in the same apartment building. They just do not want unregistered people (be they foreigners or Japanese) to come and go care-free and oblivious of the fact that people want quiet in their building. Safety is a concern, too, as non-registered individuals (the nationality does not seem to matter) come and go as they please all the time. Registration and safety regulations are a good thing no matter what some may say.

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Posted in: Trump insists U.S. runs deficit with Canada, statistics notwithstanding See in context

Bass: Oh, stop! The world lies about the US almost every single day. We deal with it, Canada can as well. Everyone needs to grow up.

Haha. Care to elaborate?

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Posted in: S Korean president lashes Japan over wartime use of 'comfort women' See in context

Until all Japanese citizens apologize and pay a substantial fine, this will have to be brought up permanently.

If they do wait for the next demand: all of them commit ritual suicide so that the issue can be resolved at the exclusive discretion of the Korean government.

But then again, once the Japanese nation becomes extinct, there will be nobody they can use as a scapegoat for their political gaffes.

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Posted in: Japan pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival See in context

Japan should stop whaling with immediate effect. Even though Norway and Iceland whale much more than Japan, they are fine to continue as they do it responsibly

And you know that because? Please do elaborate.

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Posted in: Ruling parties to adjust Diet schedule for Abe to go to Pyeongchang See in context

Though some may not believe it, Abe has been invited by the hosts/organizers. If he goes, this will be a step in the right direction (though a small one) for the relations between Japan and SK.


Since when has the entire nation adjusted its schedule according to the personal plans of Abe? I had no idea you were going to consider doing that. And no, those plans are not personal. They have a lot to do with the relations between the two countries.

@Akie: Quite honestly, Japan owes a lot to neighbors.

Do you mean those neighbors who very conveniently forget and ignore what the post-war Japan has done to help advance their economies, improve their standard of living, etc.? Those same neighbors who do not honor bilateral agreements with Japan whenever it suits their political agenda?

Yes? Ah, I thought so, too.

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Posted in: Subaru CEO, execs to return part of their pay over inspection scandal See in context

I have no idea how many vehicles have been inspected by uncertified staff but I am on my second Subaru and chose to buy it because of the great performance of the first one. The post-purchase service is great. The first Subaru never showed any problems, not even the smallest one but, unfortunately, I had to give it up because the tax would get significantly higher a year later. The socond Subaru performs very well, too, and true to the company's reputation has shown no problems so far.

@Lorem : These articles are so hysterical. Japan is hysterical.

A bit  of overreaction?

Return part of your pay? And only part of it? How about you fire them, bar them from ever working in the automotive industry in an executive position for ten years

While I do not condone what they have done, so far nobody has been injured or has died because of the vehicles being inspected by uncertified staff. I do hope that they have all vehicles inspected by certified workers, though, and realize how damaging to the otherwise great image of Subaru such a slip can be.

and prosecute them and lock them up for their malicious practices?

Malicious? Wow! This coming from the person who finds the article hysterical?

I sometimes really wonder how this country is still the world's third largest economy with all the idiocy that goes on here.

I am sure you can find an equal, if not larger, amount of idiocy in the first and second economies of the world. You only need to look closer.

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Posted in: Items that survived U.S. A-bombs to be displayed in Oslo See in context

An excellent and poignanti idea. The world must never forget.

Clamenza: No one has. Not a single country has attempted a sneak attack on the US since 1941.

Yeah, but that has not stopped the US to wage wars all over the world. If that makes you proud of being American, then so be it. But don't wonder why and don't cry when people express their dislike of US governments and US' foreign policy.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki offends S Korean fans during concert with Japanese war flag See in context

 @AgentX: The fact is that, deservedly so, the flag is offensive as so many have now pointed out

“Deservedly so” or not is up to the commenters to decide and as many have said (written) above that flag should not be considered offensive as it is not the one which the Korean fans believe it is.

I think it's proper those proponents to take note of the offensive action,

You want a great number of people to be considerate of the mistaken understanding of a bunch of pop music fans but when people give you proof that those fans are mistaken in their understanding you show zero consideration. Right. A very good approach to a constructive discussion. Not.

I have simply called out those that are perverting the course of this discussion.

Remember the pot, kettle, etc?

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki offends S Korean fans during concert with Japanese war flag See in context

 you need to read about the true facts of WW2 and the atrocities that flag represented at the time. If you still feel proud about wear it on a jacket then your the one that needs to look at yourself in the mirror.

But once again, the flag on the jacket is not the flag which the Korean fans think it is. And yes, it is ignorance but this time not on the Japanese side.

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Posted in: Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

Looking at the cost breakdown on my latest air ticket, there is a Y2090 international passenger service charge and a Y520 passenger security service charge.

Those are charges which benefit the airport, which is a business organizations and operates to make profit while offering certain services. Those charges have nothing to do with the new tax which will flow into the coffers of the government.

I recall Kansai Airport had some kind of airport tax in the past, maybe still. Some would arrive unawares without cash (maybe 2600 yen?).

Not just Heathrow. Manchester’s the same. In fact, it’s a UK-wide tax.

An airport tax is imposed by every single airport in the world. The amount varies depending on the country and airport though. In most countries the passengers are unaware of it because it is part of their air ticket and most passengers simply do not check the breakdown of the ticket price.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki offends S Korean fans during concert with Japanese war flag See in context

but its also a flag of Japanese wartime aggression.

It seems that some people never even try to check their facts before commenting. It is a different flag from the flag used during WWII. At present, the flag above (the one on the jacket) is the insign used by the Japanese navy and, yes, it is true! Japan renounces war.

Indeed, Ossan, how do you undo decades of brainwashing?

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Posted in: LGBT groups, educators call for diversity in school uniforms See in context

Gokai: You should put us to work solving the national debt problem that you 98.4%ers caused. You sure can't solve it.

Landofexcuses: I very much fear that if you people are confused by something as simple as gender, economics just might be a little over your head.

Only that it is not the LGBT people who are confused about their gender. Rather it is the rest of the world, predominantly those who cannot accept LGBT people as they are because their gender-identification does not fit the old-fashioned gender norms and expectations set by (deeply religious) societies centuries ago.

BB: And can anyone tell me my nudists are required to wear clothes in public and in school.

You seem to be overly concerned with nudists but they have no bearing on the topic of gender and sexuality and, though you obviously don’t agree, on school uniforms.

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Posted in: LDP unveils election pledges, including Constitution revision plan See in context

The LDP chapter in japanese politics is luckily set to recieve a heavy blow! I'm tired of Abe, the country worked just as fine without him!

I am not sure you can call the political indecisiveness of DPJ prime ministers “fine work.”

 Yet the people gleefully settle for this every time they are given a chance at change.

Well, the people took their chance in 2009 and what happened? There was a political mess and the economy did not improve one bit. Only when there is a strong, reliable opposition, you can say that the people are given a chance to vote for change and criticize them if they do not take it.

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Posted in: Carb-free sushi? Restaurant ditches rice in new menu items See in context

Sounds more like modified sashimi. Sashimi rolls, anyone? ;-)

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Posted in: Japanese car rentals include stickers that read: 'A foreigner is driving' See in context

These are meant to let other drivers know that the person driving the rent-a-car is unfamiliar with the roads and give him/her some air instead of blearing their claxons for his/her being somewhat late at times. I have a Japanese drivers license and at the few occasions when I rented a car in Hokkaido, I was never offered such a sticker.

It is funny how such a simple thing which is meant to help people on the road can be  spun into an outrage at presumably nationalistic intentions...

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Posted in: There is no way we will support a 'sayonara' tax for tourists leaving Japan. See in context

Japan did have that ridiculous airport tax, ¥2,000 per person.It is just tacky and expensive and leave a bad taste for a visitor to Japan.

Airport taxes are different from the tax which the article talks about. Airport tax is paid for the use of the airport not for PR of the destination the airport is located in. Airport taxes nowadays are included in the price of airtickets so many passengers are not aware that they pay that tax.

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Posted in: There is no way we will support a 'sayonara' tax for tourists leaving Japan. See in context

This is something only Japan would think of.

Not really. Many countries already have it. The US, for example, uses the money paid for acquiring ESTA for tourism PR (though originally the government said that the money would be used to strengthen security at airports, they later changed the tune and now the money finances the PR activities of Brand USA.)

 And really, we all know that this tax will not be used for PR, it will go to building more useless roads and bridges

Well, there is really no way to know if this is true or not at this point of time, is there?

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context


Yes, because in their minds pointing  a finger at a foreign enemy's crimes absolves them of  all responsibility for dealing with the current situation at home. And also gives them grounds for asking for more money.

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context

@erbaviva: A boy named SK was beng bullied. His neighbor JP always slaps his chest. So one day he came up with an idea. He strapped dynamites on his chest. The next time the neighbor slapped his chest, he blew the bomb. Now the neighbor has no hand.

And if we follow real-world logic, the boy with the dynamites is alive no more. His neighbor, though having only one hand, is still alive and enjoying his life.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

When youve had a good long hard look at yourself and can truly say your innocent then you can pass judgement on the enemy

Only that it is not the Japanese who pass judgement. Rather people who have not been educated in US schools and have not learned from US-authorities approved textbooks. And those people (me being one of them) do not consider the US their enemy.

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Posted in: Trump says opioid crisis threatens everyone See in context

I really wonder why the Amerivcan nation came to this. Painkillers are prescribed in other countries too but we do not see such problems there. Are the American painkillers different? If so, how and why?

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

There have been numerous genocides throughout mankinds sorry history. Why do you vehemently deny the one perpetrated upon the Japanese people?

Because for people like the poster whom you addressed your question to it was “us” who did it. And “us” also happen to be the winners of the war. And because, (I am aware that my post may be deleted) some attitudes towards Japan (and other Asian nations) which made it easier to justify the bombings still persist, helping some people sleep well at night.

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