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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

@Simon Foston

"Almost everyone else seems to think it's more a case of Trump saying "jump" and Abe asking how high."

Of course. Many JT posters think that way we Japanese know that.

On the other hand DPRK middle range nuke missiles and abduction issue is not joke to us. We expect PM to use every measure, that is including giving Trump what he wants as long as it doesn't damage Japan, to work on DPRK issues. PM is doint a real job. JT posters laughing at it. I don't care.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

As a Japanese I do think it was good that Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel peace prize. Of course Trump doesn't deserve it. But still it was good because looking at Trump from Japan we were worried that Trump might agree with North Korea by only eliminating long range missles, ICBMs targeting mainland US, from North Korea and leave middle range missles targeting Japan from the agreement. If that happenes Japan would be in a big trouble.

Abe's accepting US govt request and nominating Trump is a message to Trump to put middle range missiles and abduction issue too on the table when seeing Kim jon un. Trump openly commented on the nomination, which usually don't happen, is a sign that he will do put those issues on the table.

But if Trump doesn't, Abe may openly retreat the nomination, he would have to in Japanese political landscape.

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

It is already reported in Japan that Abe sent Trump the letter to inform him of the nomination. Cabinet member in Tokyo confirmed that the request to nominate Trump came from US govt a few months ago and Abe accepted the request so that to let Trump put not only ICBM issue but middle range missiles targeting Japan and abduction issue on the coming US DPRK summit.

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Posted in: Do you think democracy is the best form of government? See in context

It depends on history of countries.

While I see benefit of the system of republic in general, Constitutional monarchy/Parliamentary democracy is the best for Japan. Japan would never seek to become a republic.

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Posted in: Japan remains on high alert after latest N Korean missile launches See in context

Defense minister Onodera is good. I'm glad he replaced Inada under the circumstance.

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Posted in: Japan's defense minister backs all U.S. options on N Korea See in context


Would you say that to North Korea and make them listen? Can you do that? or can anyone else do that?

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

I can't believe this happened. Used to fly to America often and I never saw this kind in any airport or airlines in America. They were at least nice back then.

Maybe one of the things is that, since 911 airlines and airport police officers consider themselves almighty above the law when it comes to "security".

Shame no vacation in Hawaii, Las Vegas or San Diego...

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Posted in: Chemical attack kills at least 58 in Syria; U.S. blames Assad See in context

"U.S. blames Assad"

Well I blame Obama for his not had reacted to the same thing happened before which invited this now.

Like it or not America is now famous for her meaningless "red line" statements by the President.

Let's see how current President acts, especially on DPRK.

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Posted in: Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers See in context

YubaruMar. 29, 2017 - 07:16AM JST

"When in Rome...." not a phrase that Japanese tourists are familiar with!

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You can also say "When in Rome...." not a phrase that Japan Today people are familiar with too!

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Posted in: Opposition calls on Abe to oppose Trump's refugee ban See in context

Immigration policy of a country is core of national sovereignty. Japan's politician has no say on America's immigration policy. Contrary to what's on TV, more Americans support Trump on this issue than those who oppose.

Besides, it's Renho who can't even clarify her own nationality. She's nothing.

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Posted in: Defense talks See in context

Secretary Mattis ensures US commitments on

1) Solidifying East Asia security

2) Japan-US Security Treaty Article 5 over Senkaku Islands

3) Nuclear umbrella

Perfect, 100% answer to Japan.

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Posted in: Japan needs nuclear weapons. Surrounded by authoritarian threats, including Russia, China, and China’s close ally, North Korea, Japan would make all democracies safer by protecting itself with a nucle See in context

I'm a Japanese so this might sound somehow arrogant, but Japan's nuclear deterrence should be effective even without actually having nuclear weapons but only officially mentioning we might develop some.

But I don't believe Japan should actually develop nuclear weapons. I believe that there should be no additional nuclear club nations in the world.

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Posted in: Abe to meet Toyota CEO; Keidanren sets up Trump task force See in context

@Just a user

Can't agree more. "China Rule" shouldn't rule.

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Posted in: Suga refutes Trump's claim that Japan manipulates forex markets See in context

Trump should learn FRB's QE1, 2 and 3. ECB did QE too. Both much greater than Japan's monetary easing. QE, or monetary easing is to set inflation target and have central bank to increase cash flow to meet the target. That is not manipulation on exchange operation. Both US and EU have been doing huge amount of QE to rebound from Lehman shock. Japan only joined that effort when Abe took administration too.

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Posted in: Abe to meet Toyota CEO; Keidanren sets up Trump task force See in context

Living in Fukuoka for 12 years, Ford and other US automotive manufactures have done absolutely no effort at all to sell their cars.

Japan and Germany worked hard for decades so that to sell their cars in America, during which time, what effort US did? I have seen none. In Japan I've seen a lot of effort German companies made. but zero of American companies.

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Posted in: JAL screening passengers from nations subject to U.S. entry ban See in context

No. even if it is America's decision to not accept passengers because of their nationality, Japan is still a free country. passengers of Japan's airlines should bring them to wherever passengers want to go unless they do not violate Japan's security guidance. Japan should not be part of this discrimination based on nationality.

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Posted in: JAL screening passengers from nations subject to U.S. entry ban See in context

@lucabrasi Yeah I just learned that it's not just JAL but ANA is doint the same too.


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Posted in: Abe to meet Toyota CEO; Keidanren sets up Trump task force See in context

This is why I like Abe. He does his job.

Just wanted to say 2 things.

1) Japan will never join the "Chinese sphere of influence". If you understand the majority Japanese position joining Chinese line is unthinkable. Regardless of what, "Freedom, Democracy, Rule of Law" is not joke to us Japanese.

2) Trump should come to Japan's agriculture. That's where things are not fair. We Japanese tend to consider agriculture, especially rice, something more than just business but Japanese culture and even something religious. But that is not actually true. Today average age of Japanese in agriculture is over 60 y.o. because agriculture is a dirty tough job. Also, if agriculture is Japan's sanctuary, automotive industry should have been America's sanctuary. But US opend their market to Japan and Germany.

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Posted in: JAL screening passengers from nations subject to U.S. entry ban See in context

I use ANA.

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Posted in: Trump to seek quick progress with Abe on replacement trade deal See in context

Free trade with Trump? Is that American inside joke?

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Posted in: Trump seeks 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for wall; summit with Mexican leader falls through See in context

So America is leaving WTO, OK.

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Posted in: Starbucks teams up with Japanese clothing brand to create new contactless payment system See in context

Good job SB marketing team for coming up with this idea, this is a good idea in Japanese market. We Japanese who go to SB are the kind of people who prefer that small leather think than a plastic card. It may sound odd but that's who we are and SB marketing team somehow got that subtle reality in the market. Nice move to differentiate themselves from Doutor and other coffee shops. Good work.

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $600 mil, add 400 jobs at Indiana plant See in context

But I'm guessing that Trump has his intention of America's hardware manufacturing industry revival. Today, America's competitive business is finance, high tech, pharmacy, services in consulting, accounting and legal etc. America is a country of very highly skilled people. Time of orthodox factory workers in manufacturing industry is over in America. But he wants that time back.

He may be right for wanting that. Considering the population of America, they would need huge amount of ordinary manufacturing business that provides well paid full time decent jobs instead of low pay part time jobs.

America's unemployment rate is low already but many Americans are not satisfied with current employment. They want to work harder on more decent jobs earning more money and safety for future.

I wonder what area of business could provide that. Ship building? infrastructure? natural resources? Trump needs to come up with the answer to that. Car factories shouldn't be enough. That's not the answer.

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $600 mil, add 400 jobs at Indiana plant See in context

The catch is, Toyota's investing US is good for Toyota anyway, there is nothing wring about it.

BTW Trump wants Japanese to by American cars just like Americans buy Japanese cars. That will happen only when American motor companies invest the same amount of money and efforts in Japan as Japan has spent in American market for decades.

American motor companies have not been doing anything in Japan. BMW Japan worked hard for decades in Japan since early '80s to sell their cars therefore we have a lot of BMWs today while no American cars in Japan. Shame on American "business" they just failed.

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Posted in: New U.S. defense chief to visit Japan, S Korea next week See in context

As a Japanese, the only thing I'm worried about is, when Secretary Mattis and Japan's Minister of Defense Inada stand together and pictured, Inada would look like Mattis's granddaughter from high school. or even grand grand daughter from elementary school.

I know it's not polite to talk about things like this but I honestly hope Inada considers her outfit and hair style so that to look like a minister. She is often more like AKB48.

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Posted in: Netflix adds 7 million subscribers in global expansion See in context

I hope Tsutaya survives. They still have a lot more selections than Netflix and Hulu has.

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Posted in: China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed See in context

It's just politics. When China becomes a free country with freedom of academics then I would start listening to them. But now, it's just politics as everything is only politics under communist control.

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Posted in: Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as U.S. ambassador See in context

She was a great ambassador really. I also like to thank the staffs of US Embassy in Tokyo who worked hard to support her mission here in Japan. In many cases very difficult tasks diplomacy-wise that they accomplished.

I hope she'd have an opportunity to visit Japan again simply to enjoy, without political and diplomatic burden. She'd be always very much welcome here with great honor.

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Posted in: Japan pledges patrol vessels, $1.1 bil aid for Vietnam See in context

@Saiko, I'm with you.

In a very rough explanation, US and EU printed around 3 times more money of theirs, US$ and Euro in last decades to deal with "Lehman Shock" and other things like government debts they could never pay back. The amount they printed is BIG. really BIG.

But Band of Japan didn't. We didn't print.

As the result, JP Yen became much rare against US$ and Euro. Since the beginning of 2nd Abe administration BOJ is working hard to print a lot of JP Yens but still not enough to match US$-Euro-JP Yen balance. This is the time Japan should keep doing big QE along with proceeding other policies Abe brought up.

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