Car and housing tax cuts really benefit the companies who sell these products, not so much the people. As stated above, a reduction in city/prefecture tax and consumption tax on food would benefit the average Joe and Jane much more. If the government really cared about their residents.
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third parties are believed to have obtained the victims' bank account numbers and passwords
My guess is that this happened over a free WiFi system. Their phones were probably hacked into.
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On first seeing this I thought about how the US depict their statues and compared this to the Marine Corps War Memorial. This statue depicts Chinese attacking with guns and bayonets paused to kill. There is very little substance other than violence. Whereas the US statue shows marines upholding an ideology (their flag) without any guns or weapon aimed at an enemy. I know which one I prefer.
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Sounds like he died of a broken heart. The future's much grimmer for MMC now.
You might indeed be correct. Apparently he died of heart failure. (心不全）
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I bet the next PM will be Taro Kono or is it Kono Taro?
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Plastic bags are a luxury, not a necessity. I see too many plastic bags filled with raw food and garden waste. People are so stupid. It takes little effort to compost it. They are basically throwing away a useful item that can allow you to grow your own food. Local governments should start community compost dumps. It's just a wasteful shame.
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Good. Let this disgusting habit die out!
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This is a smart move. There may even been some other business dealings under the table if the UK keeps strong ties with Japan. We shouldn't trust China. If this deal with UK-Japan goes through, it will also create work for translators/interpreters and teachers living in Japan or the UK.
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This is just awful. I would feel terrible if I knew that kid died at home alone and I lived next door.
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I've worked from home as a freelancer for 8 years and previously worked for the same time at a company here. It is true that you can easily become a workaholic and work too long. Basically working from home means it is very hard to switch over to relaxing. It's certainly not for everyone and you have to be disciplined and draw the line where work and play time start and end.
Since many Japanese have a hive-mindset I cannot see many of them enjoying the work at home idea. They are also overly concerned with what others think about them so not putting on a shirt and tie in the morning and commuting to work to join the masses probably feels unnatural to most.
Not being able to talk to colleagues is a huge thing if you are a social animal. You really have to take up a sport or some social hobby if you plan to work from home. Overall though, it is much healthier and rewarding than commuting. I've hardly caught a cold in the years working from home and spend more time with my kids.
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As I get older, the more this type of disregard for resources (paper, plastic or whatever) makes me feel sick to my stomach. It's up there with plastic bags for bananas.
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That is just awful for the farmer. A lot of care and effort is required to grow any kind of crop.
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Wow, a 2 billion hand-shake right there. This council is scamming every tax-payer in Japan.
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"We Japanese are superior (to the rest of the world) in terms of our cultural standards (and that is why not many people died from the virus)"
This is what I interpret it to mean. The way he said it and how it is worded.
It reminds me somewhat of the propaganda the British Empire used in the 19th century.
Who would actually say such a thing unless they either wanted to antagonize the listener or were simply racist and didn't give a damn.
Why say such a thing even if you believe it?
Would it not have been better to praise the doctors, medicine, the nation's cooperation, the kids and teachers who had to adjust their schedules, airport staff who had to take extra precautions, or perhaps even just say that Japan has been lucky this time. No, DPM Aso had to play the xenophobic note and divide it between "us and them".
He can sleep soundly tonight knowing that the Japanese are superior and will weather any storm because of it.
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Taiwan and Japan should build a coop base on the islands. China will continue to encroach in these waters until it has them all.
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He died at hospital. Seems he had a chronic disease(持病), whatever that was, perhaps cardiovascular related, which probably made it difficult to fight the virus.
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I live in Nagoya and read about this. The interesting thing was that the girl he was in direct contact with (sitting next to) tested negative for the virus while a girl who sat down on the waiting seat 30 minutes after he had been seated there contracted the virus.
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I doubt very much he was physically abusive to his daughter after looking at the photos on the other website. They seem happy well-adjusted kids. I've known many fathers here who lost contact with their kids and it is so sad. Japan really needs to give rights to the fathers to see their kids. I wish him luck but can't help but feel the system will crush him.
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I can't really blame him for running. The Japanese judicial system procrastinated for over a year. How much longer did the prosecution need? He obviously tried to defend himself at the beginning but how long should a man wait in confinement if he has an exit plan? I look forward to reading the interview or perhaps the book that sheds more light on his side of the story.
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