It was privatized.
Therefore, profits have to keep flowing forever. No surprise.
However, the presented logic/excuse needs some work.
'We need to extend tolls because we need to fund repairs.' Er, the proposed tolls are not new. How come existing tolls didn't cover any of these works?
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Firstly, this statement is just another indication of how sick and embarrassing the Russian regime and its supporters are. No one should ask for another's death or promote violence, but of course the Putin cabal way past these things.
With that said, his assessment of Japanese PMs is largely correct. Japanese PMs are the lapdogs of the Americans. When US says 'don't go' Japanese PM cancels a pre-planned and announced trip to iran. When Japan, South Korea and US sign an intelligence sharing agreement, Japan enacts a law that censors and bars reporters from reporting on certain matters and many articles regarding 'national security.' When its own people vote against US bases the Japanese government ignores them. Heck, Japan and US are one of the few countriues at UN to not sign up against nuclear weapons. Yes, the only country to have been nuked thinks it is expedient to have those nukes visiting Okinawa on ships and subs.
Japan is not at peace formally with Russia and Russia has occupied Japanese islands for 70 years, but the flow of goods and technology to Russia continues. Japan would not even withdraw from two major gas fields in Russia in 2022. Heck of a way to support Ukraine or show the Russians Japan is serious about retrieving its territory.
But hey Toyotas are popular in Russia and who is the Japanese government to get in the way of profits?
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This Musk guy is reminding me more and more of Trump.
Remember how Trump kept firing everyone he himself had hired only to call them losers and stupid and incompetent after letting them go?
Musk buys Twitter after admitting he did not really want to and is bent on messing it up driving away advertisers only for him to say 'we are losing money so I have to fire people.'
But I will give him one thing: he may be the world's richest man, but he sure knows how to get free mentions and publicity from every single media day in and day out.
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Facebook had no choice but to cut employees. After all, they only made $2 billion net profit after all expenses for the quarter!!!
/end of sarcasm
People, just get off the extremely lame and tacky social media.
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Aren't they aware of the bedlam, mayhem, gun ownership, murder and mass shooting rates in the USA?
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What a racket. US wants to corner and isolate China so it remains the apex predator dominating the world and it keeps saying 'we are here to defend Japan.'
And the Japanese keep paying the big bucks to its "ally."
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And Republican congressmen, governors and candidates are cracking jokes about this.
Who are the people who vote Republican?????
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A red flag there. What will all the free speech champions say when tweets against the murderous Saudi regime are deleted?
Just this year in Saudi Arabia:
One woman was given a 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter
A man was given a 16-year sentence for tweeting critical of the Saudi regime.
I look forward to Elon Musk finding out about these and firing his biggest investor... cough
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What a farce.
The free speech absolutist who has the tightest NDAs of all among the car makers for his employees and sued and re-sued his then current and former employees for speaking out about working conditions and COVID at the plants.
Hypocrisy knows no limits.
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Sincere advice (that I practice myself);
Get off social media and stay off.
Instead, become actually social and go outside to smell the real world free from tweets, Facebook feeds, Whatsapp contacts and liberated from non-news news and 'information' about 5G in vaccines and how big pharma is getting rich, Davos and Clinton and her pizzeria.......
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So, to be fair, North Korea has another 40 years time before they need to disclose a full list of Japanese abductees if they want to match US standards, right?
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So how long before I can 'like' a corporate brand there, spy/stalk someone, 'chat' with someone 'in person' about how vaccines have 5G and governments should stop 'forced vaccinations' and, of course, watch my friends discuss how they oppose obscene pharma profits and yet hate socialism at the same time without any hint of an irony in their contradictions?
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It hasn't been a deadly period because of Covid, it's the vaccines (especially boosters) killing people. It is classified as a covid-related death though. Cannot blame the vaccines, never question the vaccines.
I am going to guess you have a Facebook account, a Twitter account, premium TikTok and saw bigfoot out and about yesterday. No proof = rubbish.
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Not sure what's with all the anti-vaxxer comments here.
Are people so frustrated that they just lash out at science and public health. People, get off facebook, seriously.
As for the visa issue, the country is well within its right to ban all foreigners forever if it so wishes. The prognostication of doom if Japan does not open up right away and forever from all the armchair critics is laughable.
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One of the safest countries to visit. People are masked (even before COVID) and respect others by and large. Much better than going somewhere that has disrespectful people sneezing and coughing all over the place.
Are Japanese more conscientious due to a background in Buddhism or are they less prone to be hooked on conspiracy theories from their Facebook feeds? My observation is both!
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Who Said Globalization Is Bad: It is great for the multinational, the 1% and pollution levels.
People and the planet: Who cares?
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The military-industrial complex thanks China for its stance towards Taiwan and invites Pentagon, Japanese and other nations to visit with their delegates anytime. Even the name sounds Chinese: Cha ching!
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Desert Tortoise is exactly correct. People are commodities and their information is sold for gain and profit.
However, let's get one thing straight. Half the population is too ignorant about its privacy and the other half does not care. Millions of people gladly use Google instead of startpage or Duckduckgo, do not secure their devices to clear out elements and cookies and giddily have Instagram and Facebook accounts...
One cannot blame corporate giants for wanting profits. One can blame the people who happily feed their own and family and friends' information to them!
As for governments... well, they abdicated their governance role years ago.
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In related news: Japan will not pull its investments from Russia and continues cooperation in 2 gas fields per Japan Today.
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Just sick of the warmongering, threats and lies of Israel. Just pure arrogance and hubris for a country that violates international law every day, occupies land it should not, is nuclear armed and dictates to everybody else.
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A Canadian delegation and a German delegation are reportedly visiting in September and October as well.
Yet, who will be the first to put their money where their mouth is and actually open an embassy? Otherwise, it is all for show.
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How about we ignore all of this noise, wake up and smell the coffee (or go outside for a walk) and get off the really banal asocial media?
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Is this company still around? Who buys their ... cars?
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Dear President Xi,
If it is true that taiwan is yours, then please take a trip there. How about tomorrow or perhaps Wednesday?
After all, it is part of China, right? You can go there at will, right?
You would not be lying to us,would you?
PS: What is with the title of 'president'?? I do not see any democratic elections on the calendar!?!? I am confused.
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Great article (PR release?)
I read it and I still don't know what Yotel is, where they are from, where they exist or any other context.
So far, based on this article and included photo I dislike them. One, no one wants to pay a human being or employ anyone (but everyone wants paying customers somehow) and two, I cannot stand the colour purple. Maybe fans of Prince or 14th century decor would disagree.
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Japan has the loudest anti-war stance on the world stage
Respectfully this is incorrect. Government after japanese government has refused to condemn nuclear weapons or vote for disarmament frustrating many of its own activists. Of course, it is also ignoring the wishes of its own citizens in Okinawa.
Watch Jose Jose or Okinawa Afterburn or read about Setsuko Harlow.
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This is the same country that was nuked by the US yet refuses to vote against nuclear weapons.
Is anyone surprised?
Japanese businesses should not have been in Russia in the first place. The two countries are technically at war and Russia is illegally holding on to Japanese islands.... er hold on actually it all makes sense now.
. Never mind. Japan is cool with Russian occupations.
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What this kind lady does not know is that it does not matter either way.
After all, Japan can even announce it will abide by a protocol banning unilateral kidnapping of biracial children by the Japanese parent and yet local courts and local police will deny cases or enforcement that the central government has supposedly banned.
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