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Posted in: Slain ex-PM Abe honored at divisive state funeral See in context

About 1.7 billion yen ($11.8 million) is needed for the venue, security, transportation and accommodation for the guests, the government said.

This money should be spent on the living, not the dead.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

I'll bet the vaccinated dose stays at 3 doses and mySOS is still required. Japan is a snail when it comes to change.

I just got back from the UK, arriving at Osaka. The procedure at the airport was a farce, teams of people waiting to usher only a few passengers to each stage to check we had used mySOS correctly and our health was good. The only consolation to this is that it took just 10 minutes from leaving the plane to reach the arrival lobby.

Japan should open up like the UK and have no restrictions. These current limitations are simply pandering to the elderly population here who tend to carry the votes.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap pre-entry COVID test for triple-vaccinated travelers; cap on entrants remains See in context

I was hoping they would abolish the restrictions entirely as has most of the world. But no, to appease the voting masses (i.e. the older generation) in Japan they keep the restriction of 3 does of vaccine or go get a test. I love many things about Japan but not how their politics work.

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Posted in: Stars Coffee, anyone? Starbucks successor opening in Russia See in context

Russia is taking a page out of the CCP bible. The chapter on Intellectual Property and Trademarks.

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Posted in: Pot-smoking tourists not welcome in Thailand, says health minister See in context

I wish Japan would let us use it for medical purposes or grow a few plants in our house for recreational use. We have all been brainwashed into thinking this plant is terrible for society.

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Posted in: Putin blasts U.S. 'hegemony,' predicts end to 'unipolar' world See in context

Putler invades a country, killing thousands, yet has the audacity to criticize a politician for flying peacefully to visit the head of another country.

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Posted in: Kishida shaken as list of lawmakers linked to Unification Church grows to 20 See in context

Some people will do anything to accumulate wealth.

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Posted in: 1,000 peaches stolen from Fukushima orchard See in context

As a novice gardener who grows kyoho and figs, I know how much effort goes into growing such a large crop of fruit. It must be heart-breaking for the farmer. It does happen a lot during picking season and farmers really should employ things like farm dogs, electric fences, and sensor alarms. Despite the fact that the thieves are never found, the news always reports foreigners as being the culprits. I wonder what this theory is based on. It's pear season now, so watch out for those in the news next week.

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Posted in: Japan swelters as temperatures climb over 30 C See in context

39 C in Nagoya in central Japan

I cycled to central Nagoya today in this heat. About 90% of people were wearing masks outside. It's the first time I've ever sought out shelter in the shadows of buildings and trees during summer. The heat and sun were relentless. Can't wait for autumn so I can get back out on my motorbike!

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Posted in: Sony sees profit rise despite waning interest in video games See in context

Sony dropped the ball with the PS5. Making it more available outside of Japan than within their own country. My son who was an avid PS4 fan has now moved onto PC games and won't buy a PS5, because he can't get one and has lost interest now. They forgot the fanbase that supported them in the beginning.

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Posted in: Tech companies racing to prevent young children being left in hot vehicles See in context

This is definitely a problem with adults today. They don't live in the moment. Too often they are preoccupied with other things, their smartphone being the main culprit. It takes their mind off what matters, i.e. their child roasting in the rear seat of their car.

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Posted in: Japan judo hits crisis point as bullied, burnt-out children quit See in context

Judo is an amazing martial art/sport. Having the power and leverage to throw another human being is a spectacular feeling. France has a much better retention of children and less injuries in the sport, and does just as well as Japan at major tournaments. However, Japan still has the "break a few eggs to get the perfect omelette" mentality.

I made my son do Judo for a year at high school here. He actually enjoyed it and made some friends and got ripped. He quit after a year though. The reason? Overhanded methods of the judo teacher. The man would insist its judo 100% or nothing. For an Olympic athelete I understand this sentiment. For a hobbyist - just no.

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Posted in: Driver hits 78-year-old man; then takes him home where he later dies See in context

I bet the old man insisted he was fine. At least the driver didn't just drive off as is usually the case. Should have taken him to a hospital no matter what - but I'm sure he had no bad intentions.

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Posted in: Russian-run restaurant in Chiba looking to hire Ukrainian evacuees See in context

Food looks yummy. I'd visit if I lived closer.

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Posted in: Gov't weighs ¥50,000 cash handouts for low-income families' children See in context

How about removing consumption tax from foodstuff. That would help a lot.

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Posted in: Japan's 7-Eleven in China fined for describing Taiwan as country See in context

Meanwhile China makes map globes that favour their opinion and sells them to the world.

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Posted in: Mother to sue 'Terrace House' TV network, producer over daughter's suicide See in context

I watched all the Terrace House shows. They're good to practice Japanese listening. Anyway, I really liked Hana. She reminded me a little of an ex-girlfriend. Bubbly, physically strong and bashful at times. When she kicked up a storm it was very out of character and unexpected. They definitely asked her to put on a show. It makes me sad even today that she turned to suicide.

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Posted in: China lashes out at Abe over his warning on Taiwan See in context

“I will support Taiwan’s participation," Abe said

It's about time. We are well beyond worrying about stepping on China's toes concerning Taiwan.

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Posted in: China urges Japan to support Beijing Olympics See in context

China "firmly opposes" Japan's politicizing sports

But it's fine for China to do this. Whenever China says they oppose something, it usually means they're not happy about another nation using the same tactics that they are themselves currently employing.

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Posted in: Kei Komuro pays ¥4 mil settlement over family financial dispute See in context

10 points for the Darth Vader T-shirt!

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

I have 3 kids and easily fall way under the 9.6 million yen, which is an extravagant amount of money to live on to be honest. This payout will help buy them food and clothes. Have you seen what 3 teenage kids can eat?

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Posted in: New Mazda cars will stop if driver suffers health problem See in context

Anything that stops pensioners crashing into kids is a good thing in my book.

Having this type of car will probably get you lower insurance too as is the case with some features now available in cars such as braking when detecting obstacles in front of the vehicle.

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Posted in: New 'Monster Hunter' attraction at Universal Studios Japan lets you hunt monsters in VR See in context

If you want a VR experience. Instead, go buy an Oculus Quest 2. It will cost less and you will have access to much more content.

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Posted in: Taiwan has no right to join United Nations: China See in context

I've heard lots of great things about Taiwan and hope to visit there someday. China, not so much.

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Posted in: Japanese rice tastier due to global warming, says Aso See in context

Somebody publish a book of this buffoon's most notable quotes.

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

Good luck to them!

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Posted in: New vending machine gives out free drinks if you use them with a coworker See in context

Japan has always been big on the idea that incidental communication between coworkers

This is simply not true from my experience. Japanese bosses do not like people standing around talking next to vending machines or tea serving machines within the company. I would often see Japanese employees furtively looking over their shoulder if you tried to strike up a conversation with them. After-work parties on the other hand were a different matter but there are no vending machines in such situations.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting junior high school girl in library See in context

The vernacular media reported the details of the crime a bit differently. Page 5 of Nikkan Gendai put it like this: 女子中学生の肩にイチモツのせた。Definitely not "groped," since no hands were involved.

I've never heard that term before and had to look it up. Seems to be a euphemism for a man's genitals. Disgusting behaviour. I've a daughter that just turned 13 and if this happened to her, I'd not let this pervert get off lightly.

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Posted in: Japanese firms in China worry most about power shortage See in context

The Japanese companies still doing business in China get what they deserve. Move to Vietnam or bring those factories back home. Stop supporting the CCP.

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

The current government should have been working on these measures over a year ago. If they had, incidents such as the woman who lost her baby while having COVID would never have happened.



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