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Posted in: Japan weighs incentivizing childbirth by fully covering expenses See in context

MoskolloToday  09:40 am JST

kishida and co really are barking up the wrong tree. You have to focus on helping people AFTER they give birth, it all seems to be about before, parents need help throughout the process. How about lower tax levels for families or payments that actually can help with daily life?

¥10k per child per month is not going to pay for more than a few days. Stop focusing on those who don’t have children only..

That sounds like a plan for disaster. What you essentially want is for the taxpayer to fully subsidize a child's life from age 0-18. Just how much do you think that would cost in taxes?

I agree with 100% subsidizing the cost of childbirth, but after that, the family should be in charge of paying for the child, not the taxpayer. Having the funds to do that falls under the responsibility of the parents.

A better way would be to restructure the welfare system and lower taxes so that even single and childless people are able to save up to have enough for the family.

The problem starts with people in their early 20s getting overworked and getting paid meager wages (less than 240,000/mo). They don't have the time or the money to start a family. The problem doesn't start with a couple that has already gotten married and is ready for children.

Instead of basically giving a UBI only to mothers, there should be a UBI given out to everyone in society equally so they can use it how they see fit (Healthcare expenses, childrearing, dates, weddings, tuition fees, purchasing a home for the family, etc)

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Posted in: Japan eyes upgrade of 16 airports, ports for possible defense use See in context

What an absolute waste of taxpayer money. Spending billions preparing for a war that will never happen. Even if such a war did happen, Japan has the option of relying on the US or ceding a few worthless rocky islands to the attacker.

IMO the government should be doing everything in its power to fund projects that lead to lower prices and sustainability so that people will want to start having kids. People need to be able to actually utilize services that their tax dollars are going towards.

Examples are desalination plants, solar farms, nuclear power plants, hydroelectric plants, automation in warehouses, automated shipping services, automated grocery services, and so on and so on.

Imagine if the government put as much funding into public services that people could ACTUALLY use. Imagine if your electric and water bills were 0 yen and your grocery bills were slashed by 30% due to AI-driven supply trucks. People would actually start having babies again.

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Posted in: Man arrested for third time after assaulting teenage girlfriend See in context

The title and wording in the article is so weird. "Teenage girlfriend"? "Late teens"? So.... she was 18 or 19, aka a university student.

Why is the writer using wording that makes it seem like a dude in his 20s is dating a 14 year old?

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Posted in: Japan court approves transgender man's request for legal recognition without needing surgery See in context

girl_in_tokyoToday  11:08 am JST

Jordan Peterson has gone off the rails and was fired from his cushy uni position for his extreme right-wing views that are not in line with current scientific understanding of transgenderism.

In other words, his comments are from his personal point of view and are not based on research. So let's be clear: he is, in fact, by definition, a bigot because he is speaking from personal prejudice.

That sounds lovely and inclusive on paper.. until you realize "the current scientific understanding of transgenderism" means absolutely nothing since it is a bunch of crackpots spouting nonsense that does not line up with reality.

The "current transgenderism scientists" often make claims such as "men can get pregnant, men and women are the same, men can become women and women can become men." All of these are physically impossible, so what is the point of trying to invoke the "current understanding of transgenderism"? As if THAT has any credibility.

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Posted in: Japan’s biggest dating app says young people not interested in romance; creates AI girlfriend app See in context

Just tossing this out there, but one of the reasons why there is probably a decline of young guys on Japanese dating apps is because the apps charge men a lot of money while women are able to use it for free.

Pairs costs around 4,000-5,000 yen/mo for a basic membership with a likes package.

Factor that in with the costs for dates, and you have a big factor in the decline in young males wanting to date.

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Posted in: Japan automakers tap foreign models to drive sales of recreational cars See in context

Jay Today  10:04 am JST

Macho macho man, I want to be a macho man

Better to be a warrior in a garden (driving a truck) than a gardener in a war ... driving an underpowered "eco" car.

What are you on about mate? Eco cars are great! the only downside is that they won't score you many points with the ladies.

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Posted in: Japan signs agreement to purchase 400 Tomahawk missiles from U.S. See in context

Japan signs agreement to waste $2.4B in taxpayer money.

There, fixed the title for ya!

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs record ¥7.95 trillion defense budget for 2024 to accelerate strike capability See in context

deanzaZZRDec. 23  08:49 am JST

Currency translator shows 7.95 trillion yen equals $55.8 billion up a few billion compared to a few years ago. Yippie.

No, even worse. Because 100 yen in Japan more or less spends like 1$ in America, so 7.95 trillion yen is like Japan spending 79 billion dollars ($79,500,000,000)

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Posted in: Nearly half of young Japanese men in survey have never had a girlfriend; zero-boyfriend women rise too See in context

● Men in 20s

Currently have a girlfriend: 26.7 percent (down 12.2 percent compared to 2021)

Have never had a girlfriend: 46 percent (up 11.8 percent)

● Women in 20s

Currently have a boyfriend: 43.2 percent (up 0.2 percent)

Have never had a boyfriend: 29.8 percent (up 5.5 percent)

This is depressing. How come so many young women are turning their noses up at young men?

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Posted in: Japan pledges $4.5 bil more in aid for Ukraine, including $1 bil in humanitarian funds See in context

Money down the drain. Japan should learn from China and not waste money on foreign aid. China has done a decent good job of investing in itself and its economy. If only Japan could follow suit...

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Posted in: Sour grapes: Japan battles to protect premium fruits See in context

And herein lies the problem with Japanese artisanry. Fruits, something that should be cheap and easily accessible, are seen as a luxurious food item. In Japan, it is normal for fruits like strawberries to cost 1600 yen for a pack of 6-8 tiny strawberries. Absolutely ridiculous.

I am all for China and Korea adapting these Shine (not the best name for a Japanese food...) grapes and selling them for cheaper. Fruits SHOULD be cheap and not a luxury. This is something that definitely needs to change in Japanese culture.

Artisan goods are usually never successful when produced at scale. There will always be someone who will sell it for cheaper and put the artisan's business at risk..

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines See in context

The laws in JP don't really make sense. That is the big problem. Just to remind you, alcohol, a dangerous narcotic that kills approximately 3 million people per year, is legal in Japan. Not to mention tobacco, a poisonous stimulant/narcotic that has been proven to cause cancer, is legal in Japan.

Remind me again why cannabis is illegal?...

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines See in context

didouToday  08:04 am JST

Oh, I did not know it was legal to smoke

Possession, cultivation, and distribution have been illegal for some time, but there was no law against actually smoking it. I remember a Japanese YouTuber did a bit where they "found a join laying on the ground by chance" and they smoked it without physically touching it (possessing it). It was hilarious!

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines See in context

David BrentToday  08:09 am JST already.

Please, no. Last thing we want is Japanese cities turning into stinky, horrible places like Portland and San Francisco.

What are you talking about? Tobacco smokers are still everywhere and smell absolutely terrible. We all have to experience when a heavy smoking ojisan gets on the train and absolutely REAKS of cigarette smoke. it's terrible.

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Posted in: Elderly couple found dead at apartment in Saitama Prefecture See in context

Makoto ShimizuToday  09:29 am JST

If someone contributes for 40 consecutive years, 480 months contributions of 16,520 yen, like from 20 years old up to 60 years, then it will be entitled to retire receiving 795,000 yen a year, this makes only 66,250 yen a month, that is clearly not enough to survive in Japan, that is the cruel reality that makes elderly people to work as much as they can to barely survive.

Exactly, which is why the pension system is flawed from the beginning. People should be keeping that money during their working years so they can invest it for their future how they see fit.

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Posted in: Japan, France unveil new road map to boost defense, economic security See in context

On the sidelines of the U.N. climate meeting, Kishida also met with the president of Egypt and pledged assistance of up to $230 million to support the country, which has been affected by the fallout of Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza.

During talks with the king of Jordan, Kishida also committed $100 million in aid to the country, which also shares a border with Israel.

Dude, what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?? Where is all this tax money coming from? Japan should be spending all this extra money funding pensions and healthcare while simultaneously lowering taxes for young workers.

Exactly how is this aid money going to help the citizens of Japan? I am tired of old ossan and jijii running this country into the ground.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl riding bike seriously injured after being hit by car; driver arrested See in context

Really sad that this happened, but as other users have commented, I am surprised this doesn't happen more often with how dangerously cyclists ride in Japan. This is probably one of those cases where the bicyclist had the right how way on the crosswalk, but maybe she was coasting at a high speed downa hill and then tried to cross without stopping. In this case, you really can't blame the driver for being blindsided by the incident. It is really dangerous when people go as fast as cars on the pedestrian crosswalk. Drivers don't expect that kind of speed.

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Posted in: 9-month-old girl being carried by mother dies after car backs into them at supermarket See in context

Imagine for a moment that you are poor Kuroki, in your little sedan, parked nose in between a highace and an elgrande, that weren't there when you parked up. You start reversing out slowly and you hear/feel a slight bump.

Imagine for a bit longer that you are a mum walking through the carpark, bub strapped to your front thereby creating a minor blindspot as you crane your head to talk to your precious cargo. The next thing you know, your knees has been taken out and you collapse on the ground on top of baby...

There was no malicious intent and you could easily transpose someone from any gender or age into this position. Unfortunate all round. RIP little one.

Sure, there was no malicious intent from both parties, but that does absolve the driver from responsibility. Yeah, there are times when morons driving humungous vans box you in and make it hard to see. That is why you should roll down your windows to hear better, and reverse at a snail's pace. Old Japanese folks drive negligently all of the time, and in this case, the result of that negligence was death. He should be held responsible.

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Posted in: 9-month-old girl being carried by mother dies after car backs into them at supermarket See in context

I could be wrong but I think pedestrians have the right of way in a parking lot so the onus is more on drivers. Perhaps for this reason, some pedestrians let their guard down. I also often see reverse lights come on but they're reversing almost immediately which means that they might not even be looking or if they did, it was the perfunctory glance.

Pedestrians DO have the right of way in parking lots. Even still both pedestrians and drivers should be alert and slow down or stop when they see each other.

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Posted in: Osaka expo careens toward a looming disaster, for an event that few even want See in context

What a bunch of morons. Every last one of them. At the very least, they could have built this in Kobe or Himeji. Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo don't need to be any bigger and more crowded than they already are.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to do utmost to tackle negative impact of price hikes See in context

How are you going to pay for the tax cuts?

-Cut military spending

-Cut foreign aid

-Reduce healthcare spending (people over the age of 50 should have to pay 50 percent of the healthcare bill instead of 30. The amount of healthcare provided by the government should be capped to a certain figure per year.)

-Reduce the number of politicians. Have you seen what the Japanese Congress looks like? Tons of people sitting around doing nothing and getting paid the big bucks to do so.

-Reduce welfare benefits and redistribute that to EVERYONE in the form of low taxes. No reason I should be subsidizing someone else's child when I am unable to save up to have one of my own.

-Raise corporate taxes for companies that hoard profits and don't offer employees raises.

-Raise greater taxes on that have CEOs that have large discrepancies between their salaries and their employee's salaries.

The list is endless, but actually requires some out-of-the-box thinking. Sucking up valuable money from people in their 20s and 30s through taxes is what will ruin this country.

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Posted in: Japan to ban cannabinoid HHCH from Dec 2 after gummies make many ill See in context

I am all for banning dangerous substances after proper research and not through knee-jerk reactions.

I see some people here saying "Ban ALL narcotics and drugs!"... I wonder if people realize that alcohol is a drug and a narcotic, or if sheeple are too blind to think for themselves.

Not to mention nicotine, the desirable substance in tobacco, is also a narcotic AND a stimulant.

It is actually pretty funny when you draw a comparison because just like in this HHCH incident, a few people got a "tummyache", and had to go to the hospital because they ate way more than the recommended dose. However, thousands of people a year get hospitalized for alcohol-related "tummy aches", overdoses, addictions, and injuries.


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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

Oh geez,

My top three would have to be:

Bowing (ojigi) when I want someone to move out of the way, or when I want to show thanks.

Being more passive and quietly waiting for someone to notice me and then moving out of the way instead of just walking in front of them when I am shopping.

Being apologetic when I accidentally get in someone's way.

Wait, are Japanese people generally well-behaved, and Americans are just kinda rude? Hmm...

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Posted in: Koi emerge as new source of souring relations between Japan and China See in context

Koi are beautifully hued and expensive carp formally called nishikigoi in Japan. The fish, appreciated as “swimming jewels,” represent good luck in life and business. They're often fixtures of garden ponds...

I hate to be that guy, but I never understood why people treat fish like decoration. Seems super barbaric and pointless. Sure it can be calming for humans, but at the cost of disrespecting life? Why though.

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for allegedly kidnapping minor See in context

William_BlakeToday  10:04 am JST

Looks like a little learning of Aikod is called for;

Aikido is a perfect martial art for women's self-defence as it involves movement precision and joint mobility over muscle strength and bulk. Since women tend to invest more in their flexibility than men, they can execute better movement precision and finer motor coordination.

Aikido centres on breathing control, triangular principle, and turning movements that allow a woman to redirect her opponent’s attack momentum. These principles involve a series of throwing and joint-lock techniques.

Aikido also enhances situational awareness, improves body posture and alignment, and teaches how to fall without injury. More importantly, Aikido uses self-defence techniques to convince attackers to surrender without causing physical harm.

If you want to learn more there are plenty of dojos throughout Japan (if you are in Japan).

Let me know where you are and I can direct you to a good dojo.

??? I am sorry, but Aikido would have to be the worst martial art for women. (The martial art in and of itself is fairly dubious).

Women would fare much better learning Jiu Jitsu, muay thai, or Judo.

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Posted in: Concerns mount for elderly as fewer Japanese under 40 donate blood See in context

The entitled seniors in Japan are bleeding this country dry both literally and figuratively.

Fing agreed. It is kind of hard not to feel resentment at this point.

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Posted in: Suffering from cold feet? Thanko electric slippers will keep them warm See in context

A lot of people have cold feet due to poor circulation. Regular weight training and cardio will help with that!

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Posted in: Japan Mobility Show provides glimpse of robots as future of rescue efforts See in context

Bob FosseToday  08:10 am JST

"maybe 10 times more expensive than a human, but if we produce 10,000 of them per year, the price will go down rapidly"

More expensive than a human?

I believe they mean in terms of costs to operate. For example, you might have to pay a self-defense force member 15,000 yen a day to rescue people, but it may cost 150,000 yen to mobilize, set up, and run one of these robots (this figure does not include the high cost of RnD/manufacturing).

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Posted in: Mayor of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward again asks Halloween partygoers to stay away See in context

If the government were smart, they would find a way to monetize it

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