Joe Yan comments

Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing woman near train station in Tokyo See in context

Why don't Japan make their prisoners work a job like they do in the mid-west american movies? Abe is talking about labor shortages so making prisoners work makes sense. Many roads needs fixing and ditches need to be dug.

Plus why do they deserve our tax money for food and a cell for committing a crime?

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites See in context

The people making the decision on these names are probably in the 60s or older. This is the generation that built and named apartments as "mansions." They think names like "Lions Mansion" or "Diamond Mansion" or "(place name) Heights". They think putting any English word makes its cool.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers to change more event starting times to beat heat See in context

Mori hasn't been looking healthy last couple years. Old elephants like him need to learn to retire. Time to pass the baton to a younger and more energetic person that is in touch with the modern times. He probably still uses a flip phone and don't know what a PDF file is.

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

Time for these companies to pull out of Korea. They don't need the korean market anyways

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Posted in: IOC chief calls Tokyo 'best-prepared' city for Olympics See in context

What have Tokyo done/planning to do to alleviate packed trains during Olympics?

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Posted in: Okinawa to hold U.S. base referendum on Feb 24 See in context

Do the Japanese people on Okinawa want US protection or not?

Okinawa people never needed American protection. Mainland Japanese and their politics are the reason why American bases are in Japan and far away from mainland because no Japanese prefecture wants to deal with them.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes bill to expand foreign labor through lower house See in context

If Japanese don't want to open up to immigration, Japanese better start popping out more babies.

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Posted in: Cybersecurity minister contradicts comment he 'has never used a computer' See in context

Politicians are all the same everywhere. This reminds me of the US Senate hearing of Mark Zuckerberg. But sakurada took it to a new level.

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Posted in: The '8050 problem' - 'hikikomori' people entering 50s as parents on whom they rely enter their 80s. See in context

I'm still curious if this problem is really uniquely Japanese. Hikikomori exists everywhere but Japanese just categorized it and made a term for it, like tsunami. Tsunami exists all over the world but and is not uniquely Japanese at all.

Also, I feel like creating a term and categorizing people with a specific name that sounds demeaning only worsen the problem. When the whole society categorizes a person as Hikikomori, it only pushes people deeper.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel rebuffs S Korean lawyers in forced labor row See in context

melonbarmonsterToday  06:56 am JST

Japan abducted 5.4 million Koreans into forced labor. They're mostly dead. Japan has nothing to lose except its decency in admitting what happened and compensating the few not yet dead survivors. Good grief.

Firstly, I am not sure where the 5.4 million came from. Maybe cite where you got this information?

And secondly, Japan did admit, signed a treaty back in 1965 that takes care of all compensation and reparation for causing the war. What part of that treaty was unclear to the Koreans? (same goes with comfort women issue. ) The purpose of the treaty is to avoid dragging these kinds of crap for years and move on.

Time to move on because this generation of Japanese have nothing to do with wars and doing this not help gain any sympathy nor support.

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

Nothing wrong celebrating liberation of your own country, but not celebrating a bombing that killed many. Thousands of Koreans were killed in the atomic bomb too. What a idiot.

He should put aside his ballet shoes for a bit and read some history books!!

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Posted in: Mayweather cancels Japan kickboxing fight, claiming he was duped See in context

I knew it wasn't going to happen. Made absolutely not sense. Why would Mayweather come to Japan to fight a no-name, random 20 year old kick boxer, risking his 50-0 record....Plus Raizin doesn't have big budget so probably not paying much neither.

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Posted in: South Korea pushes back at Japan in forced World War II labor row See in context

smithinjapanToday  04:48 pm JST

SaikoPhysco: I think what you MEANT to say was, "No matter how much Japan tries to sweep this under the carpet and deny history

Japan is not trying to sweep it under a carpet. A TREATY was agreed and signed in 1965 by both country. They need to follow through on their promise. Comfort women issue is exactly the same thing. Both countries agreed to resolve the issue "finally and irreversibly." I'm curious what part of finally and irreversibly do they not understand?

Im with Japan 100% on this. Korea is just playing the same hand over and over.

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Posted in: Japan to provide Y200 bil loan to help Malaysia battle debt problem See in context

Hard to believe PM Mahathir is 9 years old than Emperor Akihito!!!

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Posted in: Turkey worked for release of Japanese reporter after Abe's meeting See in context

It is pretty obvious Turkey paid the random. They really wanted to do this favor for Japan and be close with Tokyo. Why else would the terrorists release him...

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Posted in: Mayweather ready for Japan MMA fight on Dec 31, whatever the rules See in context

Mayweather too scared to fight top class UFC fighters. He too scared he'd get a beat down.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

StrangerlandOct. 31  09:00 am JST

I just told my wife, who is anti-marijuana, about this, and even she said 'バカじゃない?'

that's classic!

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Posted in: ANA apologizes for flight delays due to pilot's drinking See in context

I don't understand why ANA had to be this honest about it. A pilot got sick, couldn't make his flight so the flight was delayed. Why bother going into such details?

BTW, ANA is in my opinion is top notch. Best airline!

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

$87,000 is peanuts - more like compensation for unpaid wages than punitive damages.

I think you are missing the point. If this is paid, it will open the flood gates for all kinds of "victim" to claim compensation for what was settled by their governments. What was settled in the past is settled. What was agreed is agreed.

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

Typical of Korea. They have no respect for treaties or diplomatic agreements. Always using the same hand over and over again to prop up nationalism in their country and provoking their neighbor.

I hope these companies just pulls out of Korea all together. These decisions are just going to hurt themselves with less investment and loss of jobs.

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Posted in: 10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why? See in context

Just team up with China and Taiwan to start using this new system. Once China gets in on it, we have a billion people use it. The world will have to recognize its usage.

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Posted in: 'Pink wave' in U.S. may affect male-dominated Japan politics: experts See in context

expatToday  10:56 am JST

"may prompt a change in the male-dominated political and business circles in Japan"... Wishful thinking.

"Wishful thinking" was EXACTLY what I was going to say.

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Posted in: Okinawan assembly votes to hold referendum on U.S. base move See in context

But, they can live with noise and crimes commits by the local people. They carry on as if without the US base personnel there would be no crime in Okinawa.

The noise and crimes are just a excuse. They just don't want US troops on their island. Who does? There's a reason why its in Okinawa, far away from where the real Japanese live. If it wasn't for mainland Japanese, Okinawa has no need for American "protection" in the first place.

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Posted in: Journalist freed from Syria returns to Japan to relief, rice balls and criticism See in context

Onigiri made by his mother sounds nice, but I bet what the man really wanted was yakiniku or a nice juicy tonkatsu

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Posted in: Japanese journalist happy after 3-year hostage ordeal ends in Syria See in context

Michael JacksonToday  07:24 am JST

I have no sympathy at all for guys like this he knew what he was getting into

It is because of guys like him that we have the news.

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Posted in: Putin says Abe told him peace treaty proposal not possible See in context

AkieToday  10:34 am JST

China also has dispute with Japan, yet signed peace treaty with Japan 40 years ago. If China can do that, why not Japan ? History doesn't lie and will never lie who is true peace lover and who isn't.

The circumstances are completely different. China was not considered a legitimate country until the 1970s when most countries and UN switched from Taiwan to China as the legitimate government of China. Communist China had its priority set on signing peace treaty to establish themselves as official government of China. The senkaku island dispute is nothing compared to having complete, legitimate recognition of Communist China.

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Posted in: Japan to skip naval event after S Korea protests over flag See in context

The raising sun has been used for centuries. What happened in Korea during the occupation is just a small segment in the history of the flag. Comparing the rising sun with Nazi flag shows complete lack of understanding.

Koreans need to grow some thicker skins and politicians need to stop bashing Japan to bring up nationalistic sentiments to get votes. This is getting old.

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Posted in: Panel on Japan-S Korea relations proposes more youth exchanges See in context

The problem isn't the lack of youth exchange, but the elderly rightwingers who fill the ranks of LDP, Japan's parliament, and the prime minister's office.

As long as Japan's rightwingers remain in power causing troubles, Japan's relations with China, Korea, and Russia will falter.

Very true. And also the problem is Korean politicians blaming Japan for everything and constantly bring up Japan occupation and island dispute to get easy votes and approval rating. They need Japan as a enemy to get votes.

Its a textbook example of what politican do. Abe did same with North Korea.

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Posted in: Opposition parties criticize cabinet reshuffle, Aso's reappointment See in context

As much as we all hate Aso, Abe and any other future PM will have Aso in their cabinet. He is the leader of the largest LDP fraction and no PM can be elected without the support of Aso. That's just the sad truth.

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Posted in: Japan, China work out details of Abe's planned visit to China See in context

Abe just has to hold off for 2 years and then out goes baby Trump.

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