Jayel comments

Posted in: Chinese people vexed by Communist Party's image among Japanese See in context

"China is not equal to the Communist Party,"

No? Really? China is exactly equal to the Communist Party. Mainland Chinese people can worry all they want that other countries dislike them for their aggressive actions but unless they do something about it, they will remain under the boot of the CCP.

"Many Japanese have yet to be able to accept the fact that Japanese technology is no longer superior to that of China in some fields. They still want to believe China continues to make imitations by stealing Japanese technology,"

Nope, sorry. Japan has better quality control than China. This leads to better products. China doesn't respect intellectual property so imitations proliferate.

I was once interested in visiting China. I'd never step foot on their soil now. I'm sure there are many people in Japan, and the World, who share this sentiment. China is making enemies at a rapid pace. My worry is that it will lead down a road from which we cannot return.

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Posted in: Japan ratifies world's biggest free trade deal involving China, ASEAN See in context

Is Taiwan in this deal?

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Posted in: China launches first crew to live on new space station See in context

This is a commendable project by the CCP. Space travel is a necessity for the human race. Although, I certainly hope this time, the remains of the rocket come back to earth, if this is the case, in a controlled manner.

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Posted in: IOC tries to reassure Olympic athletes over virus liability waiver See in context

So the IOC care little for the population of the hosting country and the athletes who compete in the events. What is it they care about? The gravy train.

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Posted in: Japan to keep tax cuts for home, car buyers to help virus-hit economy See in context

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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Posted in: More NTT Docomo e-money thefts confirmed; ¥25 mil stolen See in context

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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Posted in: War of Resistance sculpture See in context

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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Posted in: Mitsubishi executive behind Nissan alliance dies at 71 See in context

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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Posted in: Race for new PM starts after Abe's resignation; Aso won't run See in context

I bet the next PM will be Taro Kono or is it Kono Taro?

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Posted in: Plastic bag usage at Japanese stores down by 50%, but plastic bags sales through the roof See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for 1st time See in context

Good. Let this disgusting habit die out!

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Posted in: UK asks Japan for Huawei alternatives in 5G networks: report See in context

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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Posted in: Mother arrested after leaving 3-year-old daughter alone for week to die See in context

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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Posted in: Half of telecommuters in Japan work longer hours than before pandemic: Rengo See in context

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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Posted in: Japan baseball season starts Friday night without fans See in context

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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Posted in: ¥185,000 worth of cherries stolen from Yamagata farm See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't to launch probe into murky virus relief deal linked to Dentsu See in context

Wow, a 2 billion hand-shake right there. This council is scamming every tax-payer in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context


"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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Posted in: 2 Chinese ships chase Japanese fishing boat near Senkaku Islands See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese man who threatened to spread coronavirus dies See in context

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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Posted in: Police investigate man who wanted to 'spread' virus, after woman infected See in context

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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Posted in: Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dead at 103 See in context

I'll never forget watching Spartacus for the first time as a kid on TV. An amazing movie that inspired me.

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Posted in: Woman, 3 children found stabbed to death in car See in context

I wish society would create a fitting punishment for this type of crime. Poor kids.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

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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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

Such a cheap move. It reeks of desperation.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says he is stunned his client left country See in context

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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Posted in: Nissan slashes full-year forecast as first-half profit falls See in context

I'm looking to buy a car at the moment. Damned if I will buy Nissan.

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